Evidence Collection in the Emergency Department: Medical-Forensic Care of the Sexual Assault Patient – Live Virtual Training – January 2021

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Evidence Collection in the Emergency Department: Medical-Forensic Care of the Sexual Assault Patient

Live Virtual Training

Audience: Hospital Emergency Department Personnel, Physicians, Licensed Physician Assistants, Registered Professional Nurses and KCSDV Member Program Advocates & staff only​

Sponsored by:

KCSDV is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. This course offering has been approved for contact hours applicable for APRN, RN, or LPN re-licensure.
KS State Board of Nursing Provider Number: LT0291-0914.


Course Description:

​​​K.S.A. 65-448 requires physicians who are on call or on duty at medical care facilitates in Kansas to perform sexual assault evidence collection.  Licensed Physician Assistants and Registered Professionals Nurses may also perform these exams, but they must be specially trained in performing sexual assault evidence collection.

This course provides specialized training on performing sexual assault evidence collection, as well as working with the sexual assault patient.  This course provides an overview of the trauma-informed, victim-centered framework for working with sexual assault patients, medical screening and preparing for the sexual assault exam and evidence collection, the medical forensic exam process, strategies to identify special circumstances, mandatory reporting requirements, and review of chain of custody and evidence transfer.

Learning Objectives:​​​​

Trauma-Informed, Victim Centered Framework

  • Recognize how to provide a trauma-informed and victim-centered response
  • Understand the effects of sexual assault trauma
  • Apply the principles of trauma-informed care to medical practice
  • Understand the effects of vicarious trauma and the importance of self-care

Mandatory Reporting, Medical Screening & Preparing for the Sexual Assault Exam

  • Recognize sexual violence as a healthcare issue
  • Explore Kansas law applicable to sexual assault exams and evidence collection
  • Review Triage, Medical Screening and providing choices to the patient
  • Discuss sexual assault evidence collection time frames
  • Prepare to perform evidence collection in the ED

The Medical Forensic Exam Process

  • Review the process for head to toe and detailed genital examinations for males and females
  • Describe how to use the Kansas Bureau of Investigation sexual assault evidence collection kit
  • Discuss STI and pregnancy prophylaxis vs. testing
  • Identify special circumstances such as non-law enforcement reported exams, drug or alcohol evidence collection, suspect examinations and pediatric examinations
  • Recognize the importance of discharge and safety planning
  • Review chain of custody and evidence transfer
  • Discuss preparing for and delivery of court testimony
  • Describe resources for starting a SANE program

​​​Date and Time:

January 13, 2021
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Zoom Platform


Registration Fee: There is no cost for this training

Registration Deadline:
January 10, 2020
Register soon, space is limited!

How to Register:
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The Zoom join link for this event will be emailed to all approved and complete registrants on January 11, 2020.  Please make sure you have the most current version of Zoom by downloading on this page.

We are committed to creating environments where we see our own and each other’s full humanity and everyone has the ability to thrive and fulfill their full potential in learning environments. Every effort will be made to ensure equitable access at this event.

For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please select your needs on the online registration form or contact trainingteam@kcsdv.org. Requests should be made at least 14 business days prior to the event.


Jessica Albers, MFS, BSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P
Board Certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
Statewide SANE Clinical Consultant

Stefanie Spade, MS
Statewide SANE/SART Projects Coordinator
Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV)


Stefanie Spade, MS
KCSDV Statewide SANE/SART Projects Coordinator


​​View a short video on sexual assault exams in Kansas:

​​This project is supported by subgrant number TRNG-03 awarded through the Federal Office for Victims of Crime as administered by the Kansas Governor’s Grants Program. The opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication, program, or exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of the Kansas Governor or the U.S. Department of Justice.

Total Training Hours: 7.0 – A certificate of completion for 7.0 hours of Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credits will be awarded to each participant upon the completion of this training.



  • January 13, 2021
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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