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Iatrogenic Injuries/Risk Management

Some hospitals are using forensic nurses to document occurrences within the health care facility that result in injury to patients, staff, or visitors. This may include getting a history of the event and documenting both the injuries obtained in the event and the scene where the event occurred. 

Challenges to this type of expansion—

  1. Creating a system for notifying nurses and a plan for how they will respond to an event.
  2. Dealing with potential conflicts of interest if the nurse is part of the investigation of alleged errors by a colleague.