If not I encourage you to take a look--some terrific information about…The National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse has a webinar coming up next month: Trauma Informed Care of Immigrant and Refugee Children.The session will be held November 16th from 1- pm ET.
Some specifically address pediatrics; one specifically addresses older adults. You’ll find both the Word doc with active links and the more printer friendly, sharable PDF version.
Don’t forget we have a giveaway going on this week. Have you seen the new multimedia presentation on childhood trauma from Futures Without Violence?
It’s important to note that studies in the latter category found greater success at determining the age of bruises, which further emphasizes the unreliability of visual assessment alone.
The articles below address bruising in a wide range of populations.
I receive a lot of questions about determining the age of bruises.
Although the research has shown that determining the age of bruising by clinicians based on color provides consistently inaccurate results, with poor interrater reliability, I still find that some are loathe to turn their backs on this highly unreliable assessment technique.
Differentiation from artefacts resulting from postmortem changes is also discussed in some detail.
So I have provided an overview of the literature below, with articles split into 2 categories: those that address the attempt to age bruises based on color in a routine clinical environment (Clinical Assessment of Bruises) and those that have a much more high-tech approach (Laboratory Assessment of Bruises).
These articles address aging bruises using equipment and mathematical models not typically seen in our routine clinical practices.