Malinda Shamburger- S.A.N.E

Twin Cedars provides many services that advocate for children. This month they were able to debut a program that has been in the works for a while. It is the S.A.N.E. room –  S.A.N.E. stands for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. The addition of this service has eliminated yet another step a victim would have to go through when a person reports an abuse. What happens in the S.A.N.E. room is a thorough examination that is recorded with pictures and dialogue. There is extensive training that medical professionals must complete before they are able to conduct this type of examination. One would think being a health professional is training enough considering the number of years doctors and nurses are in school. However, because of the nature of these exams, children who have been sexually abused, there are key indicators one must look for as well as document. The information from the exam will be a part of evidence used to convict the perpetrator. As you can see from the pictures below the room is no different from the exam room used in most doctor’s offices.

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That is done to make sure that the patient feels as comfortable and relaxed as they possibly can. The children that come to the office have already experienced enough trauma, so this visit should not contribute to that trauma further. Twin Cedars is the first in the state to have an exam room of this caliber on site. The S.A.N.E. room is just one more way that Twin Cedars can help make this time in a families life as convenient as possible.


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