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Crit Care Nurs Clin North Am. 2006 Sep;18(3):287-96.

Intimate partner violence: implications for critical care nursing.

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  • 1Georgetown University, School of Nursing & Health Studies, 3700 Reservoir Road, NW, Washington, DC 20057, USA.


IPV presents a serious health risk to many women. Emergency and critical care nurses are in a prime position for identification of and intervention with these women. Careful assessment and recognition of symptoms and conditions associated with IPV helps nurses to identify victims and potential victims. Building a trusting and supportive environment, where women feel comfortable disclosing abuse, precedes effective intervention. Nursing practice can incorporate the myriad resources and successful programs to provide victims with quality care. Before discharge from the critical care unit or ED, nurses can help women to identify their risk and plan for safety. Effective nursing care in IPV combines the traditional critical care nursing skills synergistically with provision for the biopsychosocial needs of patients.

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