Manual Nonfatal Strangulation Assessment

Manual Nonfatal Strangulation Assessment for Health Care Providers and First Responders includes a series of case studies with full-color clinical images to help readers identify strangulation-related injuries and better understand how to care for patients.

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Manual Nonfatal Strangulation Assessment
for Health Care Providers and First Responders, Forensic Learning Series

Manual Nonfatal Strangulation Assessment for Health Care Providers and First Responders is designed to standardize anatomic nomenclature relating to the head and neck. The activities within this workbook will prove beneficial for both new and experienced health care workers, contributing to their continued competence in caring for victims of strangulation.

Through a series of case histories and practice activities, this text teaches readers the language of evidence-based, evaluative methods of care for strangulation patients. Each case is presented with a clear history, photographic representation, and an explanation of anatomical landmarks. Chapters also include discussions on existing conditions and their influence, injury identification, evidence-based collection techniques, and treatment based on current standards of practice.

Features & Benefits:

  • Over 110 high-quality images
  • Case studies with corresponding exercises in nonfatal strangulation evaluation
  • Authored by internationally recognized experts
  • Ideal for self-directed study or group instruction
  • Written for medical professionals at every level of experience, from novice to advanced
Product Details:

Perfect Bound 11 x 8.5 inches
138 pages, 112 images, 19 contributors


Physicians, Emergency Physicians, Emergency Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners, Forensic Nurse Examiners, College and Medical Library Administrators

Publication date:

January 2017


978-1-936590-70-4 (Print)
978-1-936590-71-1 (eBook)

Table of Contents

Section I: Strangulation Assessment

Section II: Case Study Chapters
1. 26-year-old Female Patient Assaulted by a Former Intimate Partner
2. 30-year-old Female Patient Assaulted by an Intimate Partner
3. 26-year-old Female Patient Assaulted by a Former Intimate Partner
4. 14-year-old Female Patient Assaulted by an Intimate Partner
5. 43-year-old Female Patient Assaulted by a Former Intimate Partner
6. 27-year-old Female Patient Assaulted by an Intimate Partner
7. 12-year-old Male Patient Assaulted by his Guardian
8. 17-year-old Female Patient Assaulted by an Acquaintance
9. 37-year-old Female Patient Assaulted by an Intimate Partner
10. 31-year-old Female Patient Assaulted by a Former Intimate Partner
11. 22-year-old Female Patient Assaulted by an Intimate Partner
12. 15-year-old Female Patient Assaulted by a Stranger
13. 21-year-old Male Patient Assaulted by an Acquaintance

Section III: Appendix

Section IV: Recommended Reading

Section V: Answer Key

Section VI: Self-Assessment Questions


Diana Faugno, a Minnesota native, graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1973 with a degree in nursing and obtained an MSN in 2006. Her professional experience includes nursing in the Medical/Surgical, Labor and Delivery, Pediatrics, and Neonatal Intensive Care departments. Ms. Faugno obtained her certification in pediatric nursing in 1990, began a career as a sexual assault nurse examiner in 1991, and became a certified sexual assault nurse examiner in 2002. She is the former director of Forensic Health Services, which includes a child abuse program, sexual assault team, and a family violence program in North San Diego County. Currently, Ms. Faugno is a board director for End Violence Against Women International. She has made several presentations to the scientific community and has led workshops on sexual assault presented at the American Academy of Science.

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Angelia Clark Trujillo, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC, SANE-P

Angelia Trujillo is an associate professor of nursing at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, School of Nursing and primary nurse planner for the Continuing Education unit of the Alaska Nurses Association. She received her doctorate of nursing practice in 2008 from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center with a concentration in forensic nursing and program evaluation. She has five years of experience as a forensic nurse examiner for adults and adolescents and seven years of experience in pediatric and adolescent response. She has worked on 20 peer-reviewed publications over the course of six years, including the first and second volume of Sexual Assault Across the Lifespan 2E: A comprehensive Clinical Reference. In 2015, she received the award for Education Article of the Year from the Journal of Forensic Nursing.

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Barbra A. Bachmeier, JD, MSN, RN, NP-C

Barbra Bachmeier is a nurse practitioner and forensic nurse examiner at IU Health – Methodist Hospital and a solo attorney at Guardian Ad Lietem and Guardianship Practice in Indianapolis, IN. She completed her clinical ethics fellowship in 2013 at Charles W. Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics – IU Health. Her nursing career began in 1982 as a licensed practical nurse at Trinity Medical Center in Minot, ND. From there, she has worked as a staff nurse, nurse practitioner, and forensic nurse examiner with several positions being held in the emergency unit. In 2015, she received the National ENA Nursing Practice and Professionalism Award from the National Emergency Nurses Association. She also has 29 years of experience in the US military.

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Patricia Speck is an internationally recognized family nurse practitioner who specializes in public health and forensic nursing. She graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Nursing and later completed her doctoral dissertation on sexual assault program evaluation. As a board certified family nurse practitioner, Patricia’s clinical practice focuses on the health aftermath of violence and her research centers on forensic nursing practice topics. She is a consultant, author, and lecturer on forensic nursing and has earned more than 20 local, national, and international awards and professional honors for her work. Patricia chairs the American Public Health Association’s Family Violence Forum and is a former president of the International Association of Forensic Nurses.

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We just purchased some reference materials including your new Manual Nonfatal Strangulation Assessment workbook and really love it! Even our Death Investigators find it useful.

Ginesse Barrett, RN, BSN, SANE-A

Information provided and structures of the neck allowing a comprehensive review [in the first chapter]. A good resource and learning tool around a topic that is still in it’s infancy of professionals learning.

Tracey Markham BRN, GdMHN
CForensics, Csexual health

[I use new Manual Nonfatal Strangulation Assessment for] clinical practice and as a reference for care of patients c/o strangulation. Needed [as an] evidence-based reference.

Valerie Sievers MSN, RN, CNS, SANE-A, SANE-P

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