SANE-Trained Nurses Available 24/7 in UPMC Altoona Emergency Department
ALTOONA, April 22, 2014 — In August 2013, 18 UPMC Altoona nurses completed a multi-step training program, initiated in 2012, to become Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE). Thanks to this training, the number of sexual assault cases identified and reported by UPMC Altoona has been on the rise.
UPMC Altoona strives to always have a SANE-trained nurse available in the ED and has met this goal every month since October. In fact, UPMC Altoona now has more SANE-trained nurses than any other hospital in the UPMC system.
This accomplishment involved the efforts of many community partners, including Family Services Inc., the Altoona Police Department, the Greensburg Crime Lab, and the Blair County District Attorney’s Office. Together with UPMC Altoona, these organizations make up the Central Pennsylvania Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).
Jackie Bevan, victim services director at Family Services Inc., said the role of a SART is to provide comprehensive, compassionate care to victims of sexual assault.
“Since the inception of the program and as a result of the training provided to the nurses in the Emergency Department, victims have received a much higher level of care from UPMC Altoona,” she said. “As we enhance our collective response to crimes of sexual violence in every step of the process, including collecting all evidence and asking the right questions, our hope is that Blair County will see an increased rate of prosecution and conviction.”
April is National Sexual Assault Month.