Webinar: Forensic Evaluation of Gunshot Wounds

July 21, 2020 — A free webinar on July 29 at 2 p.m. EST will focus on "The Forensic Evaluation of Gunshot Wounds: Applications for Domestic & Officer-Involved Shootings". The event, hosted by the Academy of Forensic Nursing, will be geared toward law enforcement, forensic nurses, and emergency department and health-care providers.

Primary speaker Bill Smock, MD, the Louisville Metro Police Department’s Police Surgeon, will present a unique forensic program specifically designed for forensic nurses and law enforcement officers involved with the investigation, evaluation and reconstruction of firearms-related incidents, including domestic and officer-involved shootings.

Dr. Smock is one of the country’s foremost law enforcement educators and an internationally recognized expert in the forensic evaluation of gunshot wounds and officer-involved shootings. This program will provide you with the tools to improve your investigation and ensure your conclusions and findings are based upon the most up-to-date medical science and forensic evidence. Commonly held myths will be dispelled, and you will learn why size does not matter and has no bearing in the how to distinguish entrance from exit wounds.

Key learning points include:

• Understand the role and importance of the forensic nurse in the forensic evaluation of gunshot wounds.

• Understand the characteristics associated with entrance and exit wounds.

• Understand and identify the forensic evidence associated with contact, close, intermediate, and distant gunshot wounds.

• Understand, identify, and properly collect forensic evidence associated with gunshot wounds.

• Understand and be prepared to address the forensic evaluation of gunshot wounds in domestic and officer-involved shootings.

• Evaluate cases studies and discuss the significance to the practice of forensic nursing.

Advanced registration for this event is required. Click here to learn more or to register today.

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