n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Forensic evidence in clinical settings : main article

Volume 24, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



With the current epidemic of violence in society, health care personnel are increasingly seeing both victims and perpetrators in clinical medical settings. <BR>Clinical forensic medicine can be defined as the application of forensic medical knowledge and techniques to the solution of law, in the management of living victims of violence and injury. <BR>Clinical forensic techniques include proper forensic evaluation, documentation and photography of physical injuries, well as the recognition and proper handling of evidentiary material for use in subsequent legal proceedings. <BR>The documentation of the chain of custody for evidentiary items is of the utmost importance. <BR>Individual patients and the general public are best served when health care issues as well as potential forensic implications are considered together, thus facilitating the success of the subsequent judiciary processes.

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