What does the S.A.F.E. nurse do for patients?
The S.A.F.E. nurse is a Forensic Nurse Examiner who completes a full health assessment of the patient, obtains forensic evidence as indicated by examination or details provided by the patient, ensures forensic evidence is handled in accordance with chain of custody requirements, provides preventative antibiotic therapy and emergency contraception.
Do the patients receive any other services?
The S.A.F.E. Program at GBMC provides referrals for counseling and support services for victims of sexual assault.
Does the S.A.F.E. nurse have any other responsibilities in these cases?
When the case is brought to court, the S.A.F.E. nurse may be subpoenaed to testify regarding the forensic examination of the patient.
How does the S.A.F.E. Program at GBMC benefit the community?
As a service to victims of sexual assault in Baltimore County, the S.A.F.E. Program at GBMC has established a comprehensive program in collaboration with the Baltimore County Police Department, the Baltimore County State's Attorney's Office, local universities and sexual assault counseling providers to ensure that victims of sexual assault are treated compassionately and respectfully throughout this necessary process.