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Medical emergency information

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Medical emergency information

 

According to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in the United States, rape is a medical emergency Medical and law enforcement professionals have strongly recommended that a victim calls for help and reports it. A victim who seeks immediate medical attention, will not only allow prompt treatment for possibly life-threatening injuries and diseases, but will also preserve evidence. Many recommend that victims should not bathe or clean themselves before the examination, not only to prevent the loss of physical evidence, but also to not delay medical attention.

 

Physical injuries such as gynecologic hemorrhage,rectal or internal hemorrhage may have resulted. Additionally, emergency contraception and preventative treatment against sexually transmitted diseases may be required, in particular prophylactic treatments to prevent HIV infection. In many locations, emergency medical technicians, emergency room nurses and doctors are trained to help rape victims. Some emergency rooms have rape kits which are used to collect evidence.

 

AIDS prophylaxis is possible within 48 hours, but is not always deemed appropriate, given:

  • the extremely small chance of transmission in many cases (0.1 - 0.3%, or between 1 in 333 and 1 in 1000);
  • the lack of certainty of any effective results (it reduces, rather than removes the risk); and
  • the often severe side effects of drugs required.

This would usually be a clinical decision based upon circumstances. FHI

 

 

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