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Restoring Lives After Distress

Victims of sexual assault can suffer tremendous physical and emotional trauma. The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE ) Program at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman is here to help victims cope and rebuild their lives.

Sexual assault is tragic for anyone who has ever experienced it, but victims do not have to suffer in silence. At Texas Health Kaufman, the SANE program offers the service of nurses and physicians who are trained to provide comfort and security for patients while determining the extent of physical injury and other effects of assault. Additionally, SANE nurses and staff are always prepared to refer patients for psychological counseling and play a vital role in their physical and mental recovery, as well as the prosecution of the sexual offenders.

“Our patients are in a very fragile state of mind when they come to our hospital,” explains Darla Hibdon, R.N., S.A.C.A.-C.P., S.A.N.E., trauma coordinator at Texas Health Kaufman. “It is our job to provide a reassuring environment that comforts patients while allowing us to complete our assessments. The well-being of our patients is never out of mind, and we continually work to help patients regain the confidence to move on with their lives.”

Since its implementation in 2006, the SANE program has cared for more than 150 patients and now provides a sensitive, caring treatment center for approximately 60 victims each year.

For more information about the SANE program at Texas Health Kaufman, call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355) or visit TexasHealth.org/Kaufman.

(Fall/Winter 2010)

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