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There are a lot of changes coming down the pike here at FHO. Last week we began working on a brand new website that will update our look and offer more content and more options for readers (I’m hoping for a smooth launch by end of the month–more on that soon). And this week I’m happy to announce a new partnership with G.W. Medical Publishing.

New partnerships are a cause for celebration. Given the nascent collaboration between Forensic Healthcare Online and G.W. Medical Publishing (soon to be STM Learning, Inc.), we are making merry by offering a free giveaway of a very useful resource. The only thing you have to do is offer your insight by answering this simple question:

Which format do forensic nurses, clinicians, and other professionals find more useful when referencing information and images during sexual assault examinations: (1) traditional print resources, or (2) downloadable applications for smart phones or other electronic media?

By providing your feedback in the comments section of this post, you will be both assisting G.W. Medical Publishing with valuable data and also entering yourself into a free giveaway of a Sexual Assault Quick Reference, a $55.00 value.

One lucky person who leaves a comment will be randomly selected to receive the handy guide. Deadline to be eligible for the Sexual Assault Quick Reference giveaway will be Wednesday, November 25th, 12pm ET.

For more information on this and other related publications, simply visit

[By the way–if response to this giveaway is as good as we hope, expect to see monthly giveaways of G.W. Medical Publishing titles along with other reader benefits!]


Written by Jenifer

November 19, 2009 at 9:19 am

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  1. Which format do forensic nurses, clinicians, and other professionals find more useful when referencing information and images during sexual assault examinations: (1) traditional print resources, or (2) downloadable applications for smart phones or other electronic media?
    Currently the most readily available resources are texts. I think having a quick on line/handheld device reference that is updated frequently would be a GREAT resource at the bedside. I used my ER medscape and epocrates every day when working in the emergency department.

    Kim Day

    November 19, 2009 at 11:17 am

  2. Traditional print iphone has very poor reception at the hospital …


    November 19, 2009 at 11:24 am

  3. As the manager of a forensic nursing program, I favor traditional print resources that all of my nurses have equal access to. In an ideal world it would be wonderful to provide each nurse with a “team” electronic device with the downloads right there for instant updating. If only the limited budget stretched that far.

    Valorie Prulhiere

    November 19, 2009 at 2:06 pm

  4. I would prefer a downloadable application, I think they are great and easy to access.

    Tarsha Wooldridge

    November 19, 2009 at 2:15 pm

  5. Traditional print right now, but I think many places are rapidly moving the other direction.

    Kathy Bell

    November 19, 2009 at 11:05 pm

  6. During the exam, I prefer printed materials. When I am researching from my desk, I rely heavily on both print and electronic resources.

    Laura Maguire

    November 20, 2009 at 7:31 am

  7. Traditional print preferred because of limited budgets. We are able to share and discuss information between our team more easily.

    Laura Kopacz

    November 20, 2009 at 7:51 am

  8. Traditional print as well since none of our nurses have smart phones or other electronic devices.

    Shirley Strouse

    November 20, 2009 at 8:01 am

  9. Traditional print because we don’t supply our nurses with smart phones or other devices and because we can highlight portions that are particularly valuable.

    Stephanie Carlson

    November 20, 2009 at 8:29 am

  10. I like to have both available. Seems I print off the electronic versions to take to meetings, court etc. anyway.

    Dee B

    November 20, 2009 at 9:31 am

  11. Both are always great to have. Traditional print has been successful during deployments in the military, but having the ability to look things up quickly via digital is nice as well.

    SSG Kristian S Hall

    November 20, 2009 at 10:55 am

  12. Traditional print.

    Susan Webster

    November 20, 2009 at 11:02 am

  13. At present I prefer printed text because of problems getting reception in ERs but I can foresee in the near future when handheld devices will be the way to go at the bedside. When I am at my desk I almost exclusively use the internet and downloadable references.

    Beryl S

    November 20, 2009 at 11:03 am

  14. Traditional Print because not all of our program’s nurses have smart phones and the reception in the ED is spotty at best.

    Anita Capillo

    November 20, 2009 at 11:07 am

  15. I prefer traditional print. The program I work for keeps references together and easily assessable during exams.


    November 20, 2009 at 11:08 am

  16. I would prefer downloadable resources.

    Angie Ellis

    November 20, 2009 at 11:08 am

  17. I would love a handheld reference of some kind, we have textbooks in the room however I am a tech junky and would love something on my phone or pda


    November 20, 2009 at 11:11 am

  18. Traditional print for the many reasons already stated.

    Karen T

    November 20, 2009 at 11:12 am

  19. Traditional Print items because not all our SANEs have smart phones or Ipods or any other electronic devices. I am hoping someday we will be able to do this but we cannot right now…..financially.

    ElDonna Hilde

    November 20, 2009 at 11:13 am

  20. Our program would have greater access to this resource with the traditional print option.

    Alison Cathro

    November 20, 2009 at 11:13 am

  21. We keep a library in the SANE room for reference. I guess I am old school, but I like to have a print version to look at rather than a device type lookup.

    Susan Sweeney

    November 20, 2009 at 11:14 am

  22. I find in today’s world it is more useful to have access to down-loadable applications and electronic media when referencing information for forensic exams. Traditional print continues to be accessed and utilized but is becoming less preferred.

    Mary Pat

    November 20, 2009 at 11:15 am

  23. Traditional. In inner city settings where I work and cultural diversity of staff it is easier at this time.


    November 20, 2009 at 11:21 am

  24. As a program coordinator, I like reference books but it is always a challenge to make sure that they don’t develop legs and walk off. I really like electronic information, ie…pdf files, down-load it and then place on my google group page under files so that all staff may review, and print if they choose to print it. I encourage them to make their own electronic file for later reference. Never too soon to start your own reference library.

    Not sure if everyone has the capability on their phone but pdf files are fantastic.
    Go green!

    Jennifer Johnson

    November 20, 2009 at 11:22 am

  25. I find that I still prefer print resources when referencing for a case in the ED, but I prefer electronic media for education, updates, CEUs.

    Amanda Janisse

    November 20, 2009 at 11:29 am

  26. I prefer the traditional reference book method. I don’t always have the best reception in the hospital with my phone and our computer internet access can sometimes take too long. Plus, I like the ability to share information easily and sometimes that is hard via my phone.

    Danielle Livermore

    November 20, 2009 at 11:30 am

  27. I prefer books or printed material as I find it easier to read and all could use it. However, downloadable applications are more convenient and are more mobile.

    Laura Kollatz

    November 20, 2009 at 11:32 am

  28. I prefer the traditional print resources.

    Sara Burton Jennings

    November 20, 2009 at 11:35 am

  29. Both are useful for many of the reasons noted by others, but I like downloadable materials for ease of sharing.

    Phyllis Van Order

    November 20, 2009 at 11:39 am

  30. I use both, but really love the downloads as they can be accessed from anywhere. I work out of more than one facility and they do not keep the same texts on hand.

    Sheila Dolbow

    November 20, 2009 at 11:43 am

  31. I prefer print resources, as not everyone has electronic devices.

    Barbara Schnoor

    November 20, 2009 at 11:52 am

  32. Because where practice printed material used more during an examination if a reference is needed

    Janet Donoghue

    November 20, 2009 at 12:20 pm

  33. Ideally both would available as I would personally use both depending ont he situation (but I’m pretty low key with regards to technology… don’t use anything other than a computer / internet – no phone apps necessary)… but if I had to choose one over the other I’d probably choose traditional print as the rest of my team (which is still very non computer oriented – yikes – small town USA) would use that more often.

    Lauren Gueriera

    November 20, 2009 at 12:21 pm

  34. I would use both. I like to have the hard copy for use before and/or after the exam. The electronic copy would be great if I had the technology on my phone or a copy available quickly through the internet computer at our desk.

    Justine Speer

    November 20, 2009 at 12:27 pm

  35. Downloadable is quicker but we use traditional print—-this way we have no problems with signals.

    Janet Gura

    November 20, 2009 at 12:33 pm

  36. As I find more and more uses for my smartphone I find myself wishing for quick reference for IPV in general!


    November 20, 2009 at 12:41 pm

  37. I find that print source is the best for myself and staff. We share a cart with all supplies and references like this are priceless.


    November 20, 2009 at 1:47 pm

  38. Traditional Print

    Karen Groot

    November 20, 2009 at 1:49 pm

  39. I am kind of from the old school and prefer the traditional resource materials. However, that being said sometimes the information needed is not available in the resource material we have accessible to us and so, information that can be downloaded is immensely helpful. Our nurses do not have IPhones, Blackberry’s, etc. so that poses a problem.
    The problem with resource materials too is that many times they are borrowed and never returned and no one admits to borrowing them.
    I have suppled many of the reference books located in our office and that gets pricey really quick. I have set up a personal electronic library of articles I have found useful.

    Faith Shortal

    November 20, 2009 at 2:18 pm

  40. We use textbooks and also have older charts we can review.


    November 20, 2009 at 3:27 pm

  41. I prefer traditional print at this time. Not all nurses have the electronic capability and our program is small enough, we can sure share a reference book.


    November 20, 2009 at 3:57 pm

  42. Traditional print


    November 20, 2009 at 3:59 pm

  43. Traditional print would be most beneficial.


    November 20, 2009 at 4:21 pm

  44. I would rather have the availablity to look up something on my phone in an urgent situation.

    Susan J Johnson

    November 20, 2009 at 4:44 pm

  45. I would rather it be available on my iphone. I use it in school and you become very quick at looking things up.

    Mary Kay Burke

    November 20, 2009 at 6:01 pm

  46. I prefer traditional print

    Elizabeth Roach

    November 20, 2009 at 6:05 pm

  47. I love my own copies of publications/books and still purchase certain ones. However, I am more of a techno-junkie/resource person and so am using electronic more often now. I cut and paste much of it onto personalized pages in MC Office and use it for referencing/education/work.

    Deb W.

    November 20, 2009 at 6:06 pm

  48. Traditional print is more reliable.

    Kathy Hanbury

    November 20, 2009 at 6:18 pm

  49. I like traditional print for the office setting. However, most of our SAFE’s have smart phones and download resources would be my preference at the bedside.

    Chris Philipbar

    November 20, 2009 at 10:14 pm

  50. traditional print. i dont have an iphone

    myna jenkins

    November 21, 2009 at 12:58 am

  51. Both, Electronic which I can save onto my hard drive for future reference and still like traditional print which I can underline, highlight and keep in a file in my “must have binder” for each course I teach. I use electronic files courses instead of print due to copy right issues.

    Sheila Early

    November 21, 2009 at 2:40 am

  52. Which format do forensic nurses, clinicians, and other professionals find more useful when referencing information and images during sexual assault examinations: (1) traditional print resources, or (2) downloadable applications for smart phones or other electronic media?
    Definitely print is the current “best” method but I fully expect this to change over the next decade. Electronic options will be more convenient, easier to resource and search and portable.

    Paula Egleston

    November 21, 2009 at 12:09 pm

  53. Both mediums have their merit depending on the situation – however, if I had to choose one over the other – lighten my load, respect my space limitations, and increase my portability by offering electronic media.

    Michelle Ortiz

    November 21, 2009 at 12:36 pm

  54. i like downloads but still have some printed

    Debi Wolford

    November 21, 2009 at 2:08 pm

  55. Downloadable is the easiest for me to adapt to my technology and I can print if needed


    November 21, 2009 at 8:28 pm

  56. This is difficult. Because I am an old dog, I prefer print to access quickly. But I am coming into the 21 century and using more and more downloads.

    karen A. Zott

    November 21, 2009 at 10:02 pm

  57. My immediate response would be traditional print but I know that things are changing in the electronic world. Traditional print would be best for my program because it is a small rural program. For programs that travel (instead of making the patient travel) I would hazard that downloadable applications would be best as you could take them with you. I assume that as downloadable’s inprove and our cell phones and PDA’s improve that we might one day only look towards the e-format.

    Pam Belkevit

    November 22, 2009 at 12:54 pm

  58. Traditional Print, so all the nurses have access.

    Karen Watterson

    November 23, 2009 at 8:29 am

  59. My preference would be traditional print, which I can then scan into a pdf format, as well as keep it electronically also.

    Tara Lopez

    November 23, 2009 at 10:43 am

  60. I think print will always be needed, but electronic media is up and coming. I would love to see some of our existing publications placed into electonic format. However, I do not receive internet service in one of my SANE rooms either.

    Janice Ceccucci

    November 23, 2009 at 10:58 am

  61. Print is always nice to have in the room, but I find myself using my I-phone to look up medications, disease processess, etc..


    November 23, 2009 at 11:08 am

  62. I would lik ea quick reference text, cell service is hit or miss in the hospital.

    Pam Weber

    November 23, 2009 at 12:40 pm

  63. Which format do forensic nurses, clinicians, and other professionals find more useful when referencing information and images during sexual assault examinations: (1) traditional print resources, or (2) downloadable applications for smart phones or other electronic media?

    Electronic media is becoming more useful, I can “carry” more information on a drive than in 3 ring binders. Currently using a mix of both.


    November 23, 2009 at 2:20 pm

  64. I prefer electronic – but it’s not a bad idea to have a traditional print version available for those without smart phones/electronic media.

    Holly Framz

    November 23, 2009 at 3:12 pm

  65. Both. Currently I prefer printable as it is easier to utilize bedside. But as electronic media becomes more accessible, I see my answer changing in the very near future.

    Kim Nash

    November 23, 2009 at 3:18 pm

  66. I would like the hand held copy. It is easier access and gives me a quick response without a hassle.

    Beth Browning

    November 23, 2009 at 3:33 pm

  67. Traditional print

    Kerry O'Connor

    November 23, 2009 at 3:33 pm

  68. During the Sexual Assault exam, I prefer the print copy. However, it is necessary to keep files on your hard drive for easy access. The electronic format is great to keep a log of the current research. A Wireless connection is not necessary for access to Epocrates on a Palm. Our ED does not have access to hand held wireless connections. Most are blocked in the hospital.


    November 23, 2009 at 5:49 pm

  69. Traditional Print

    Michelle Munro

    November 23, 2009 at 6:02 pm

  70. A this time, I don’t own the technology that would apply to this, like a smart-phone. But I think that it’s important that such applications exist, as they are becomimg more popular with medical professionals.

    Alli L.

    November 24, 2009 at 2:15 am

  71. 1st choice print
    2nd choice internet
    do not use hand held devices


    November 24, 2009 at 8:24 am

  72. Traditional print.


    November 24, 2009 at 9:11 am

  73. Unfortunately at the present time the nurses in this area don’t all have the capability or have limited capability to access references on my first choice is print


    November 24, 2009 at 1:58 pm

  74. I Like the traditional print, it can be left in the office – making it an accessible reference to any nurse that is performing an exam
    I have some nurses that could easily maneuver electronic apps and those who would be lost

    Karen Dougherty

    November 24, 2009 at 8:10 pm

  75. Downloadable material for PC or handheld electronic media. Print is great and easy to access, but it does outdate more quickly.


    November 24, 2009 at 8:13 pm

  76. why do we have to choose? surely both print and electronic is easily accomplished!

    graham b

    November 25, 2009 at 10:22 am

  77. I prefer traditional print although not accessible when away from the office. The downloadable has the benefit of being able to be updated frequently.

    Patti Kenyon

    November 25, 2009 at 10:28 am

  78. Traditional print or downloadable.
    Downloadable would be easier to update.

    Dean Jarvis

    November 25, 2009 at 10:43 am

  79. Traditional print or downloadable
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