I am a SANE and work with several other nurses. We have recently started to look at the situation where a patient is unconscious and the request has been made for a rape kit to be completed.
We are trying to set a protocol for this and I am wondering what other programs are doing regarding this.
There has been alot of dicussion regarding this. Some feel it is ok as long as they have gotten permission from the appropiate family member to proceed.Others feel the would rather wait until the person wakes up or collect the kit , then hold it till the person regains consciousness.
Either way it appears to be more of an ethical dilema. I am looking for any input you can provide. We will be discussing this in the next week.
Thanks so much.