Abuse and Neglect:
Table of Contents
- Abuse and Neglect in the Health Care Setting
- Course Purpose and Learning Objectives
- Ethics, Rights, and Responsibility Standard: RI.2.150
- Provision of Care Standard: PC.3.10
- Know the Types of Abuse and Neglect
- Legal Liability to Report Abuse and Neglect
- Recognition of Abuse and Neglect
- Assessment of Abuse or Neglect
- Reporting Abuse or Neglect
- Staff Education: What You Must Know
- End of Course Quiz
Course Content Example 1:
Know the Types of Abuse and Neglect
Types of abuse and neglect a person may be subjected to:
Abuse – Intentional maltreatment of an individual that may cause injury, either physical of psychological.
Mental Abuse – humiliation, harassment, and threats of punishment or deprivation
Physical Abuse – hitting, slapping, pinching, or kicking, controlling behavior through corporal punishment.
Sexual Abuse – sexual harassment, sexual coercion, and sexual assault
Neglect – the absences of minimal resources to meet basic needs. Neglect includes with-holding or inadequate provisions of food and hydration, clothing, medical care, and good hygiene. It may also include placing the individual in unsafe or unsupervised conditions.
Course Content Example 2:
Legal Liability to Report Abuse and Neglect
Persons mandated to report:
- Childcare custodians
- Medical Practitioners
- Non-medical practitioners involved in the care of a patient.
All of these categories are protected from civil and criminal liability. Immunity from liability also extends to the taking of photographs and x-rays, and dissemination of them with the required reports.
Note: Persons not mandated to report are encouraged to report suspected abuse and neglect. Such persons are protected from civil and criminal liability.
Course Content Example 3:
Assessment of Abuse or Neglect
Health Professionals use S.A.F.E questions to assess domestic violence:
S. Questions regarding stress and safety. Example – Do you feel safe in your relationship?
A. Questions regarding fear and abuse. Example – Have you been physically hurt or threatened by your partner?
F. Questions regarding family and friends. Example – Do your parents or siblings know about the abuse?
E. Questions regarding an emergency plan. Example – Do you have a safe place to go in an emergency?