Non-Fatal Strangulation Documentation Toolkit
International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN), 2016
The Strangulation Toolkit provides detailed guidance on assessment techniques, documentation, and evidence collection for this patient population. This toolkit also provides documents such as discharge instructions and sample policies that can be adjusted to best suit your institution and your forensic practice. While this Strangulation Toolkit was developed for use by forensic nurses and health care providers, it can also serve as a resource for law enforcement investigators and other professionals who respond to victims of physical and sexual assault. This toolkit explains what happens to a victim's body when they are strangled and can aid investigators and clinicians in recognizing the signs and symptoms of strangulation. This toolkit can help professionals to improve the accuracy and clarity of injury documentation, a critical component of any law enforcement investigation, to ensure victims who have been strangled receive the care they need and the professional services they deserve.