Can one accurately date a bruise? State of the science

Katherine R. Nash, Daniel J. Sheridan

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Abstract

Forensic nursing experts and other health professionals often testify regarding the injuries women and men receive from violence. Bruise discoloration can provide an opportunity for health professionals to grossly estimate the age of impact and determine if it is consistent with a given reported history. However, there is much confusion in the literature and clinical practice as to the accuracy of dating bruises. This article will demonstrate that using the color of the bruise as the primary criteria to determine its age is not the best practice. The limited available research and related literature on the topic are flawed and inconsistent. Finally, recommendations will be made for future research and clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-37
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Forensic Nursing
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2009

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Keywords

  • Age of bruises
  • Color of bruises
  • Dating bruises
  • Forensic nursing
  • Injury

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  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Law

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Can one accurately date a bruise? State of the science. / Nash, Katherine R.; Sheridan, Daniel J.

In: Journal of Forensic Nursing, Vol. 5, No. 1, 03.2009, p. 31-37.

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Nash, Katherine R. ; Sheridan, Daniel J. / Can one accurately date a bruise? State of the science. In: Journal of Forensic Nursing. 2009 ; Vol. 5, No. 1. pp. 31-37.
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