MEDS SANE Program Launched in Illinois

September 1, 2020

MEDS is excited to lead the way in compassionate care by developing an essential service for multiple hospital systems in southern Illinois. Starting September 1st, MEDS will launch, a crucial service by providing highly trained sexual assault nurse examiners to the southern Illinois region. MEDS will provide full facility support through emergency room and inpatient treatment in response to the need for specialized resource for sexual assault survivors.

A SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) is a specialized forensic registered nurse, trained in clinical care and collection of forensic evidence. A SANE offers qualified, distinct care delivered in a respectful manner while reducing further trauma to the sexual assault survivor. Our SANE program is compiled of experienced nurses that are trained to care for adult, adolescents, and eventually pediatrics. Upon a sexual assault survivor’s presentation to one of our many hospitals, a member of our SANE team will be dispatched to the facility to serve the survivor with care and for forensic collection. The SANE will collaborate with rape crisis advocates and law enforcement to facilitate their services for the survivor. The MEDS SANE team is available, 24/7, , to quickly respond to the facility to deliver compassionate care and for survivor support.

MEDS’ SANE program collaborates with multiple hospital systems and acts as a service line for sexual assault survivors. The program roll out will begin with adult and adolescent treatment while preparing for the expansion of pediatric care in anticipation of upcoming changes to Illinois laws. Our sexual assault response team offers full facility support by providing care for the survivor in an emergency room or inpatient setting,. Ultimately, MEDS will be able to offer outpatient follow up care in partnership with the facilities.

MEDS recognized the need for these trained professionals while practicing in our own emergency departments, and decided to create a service line dedicated to the care of sexual assault survivors. Every 73 seconds, someone is sexually assaulted in the United States. These survivors require access to distinct treatment and care that some facilities, are unable to provide. MEDS is proud to foster the awareness for sexual assault survivors and to provide a solution to the hospitals and survivors in need. We are excited to provide a team of caring, competent professionals to facilitate the treatment these survivors deserve.

If you are interested in learning more about our SANE Service, or other services, please contact us for more information.

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