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Title: Patient Abuse

Patient Abuse
  • Chapter 13

Tennessee Bureau of InvestigationWarning Signs
of Patient Abuse
  • TBI warns individuals to watch for signs of abuse
    and report the lawful enforcement if they observe
    any signs in the following areas
  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Neglect
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Physical Abuse
  • Frequent unexplained injuries or complaints of
    pain without obvious injury
  • Burns or bruises suggesting the use of
    instruments, cigarettes, etc.
  • Passive, withdrawn and emotionless behavior
  • Lack or reaction to pain
  • Injuries that appear after the person has not
    been seen for several days
  • Reports of physical abuse

Sexual Abuse
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Injury to the genital area
  • Difficulty in sitting or walking
  • Fear of being alone with caretakers
  • Reports of sexual assault

  • Obvious malnutrition
  • Lack of personal cleanliness
  • Habitually dressed in torn or dirty clothes
  • Obvious fatigue and listlessness
  • Begs for food
  • In need of medical or dental care
  • Left unattended for long periods
  • Reports neglect

Areas of potential risk in Elder Abuse
  • Wanton neglect
  • Abusive Search
  • Forcible Administration of Medications
  • Intimidation of Abusive Resident/Disciplinary
  • Deficient Care

Child Abuse
  • Definition An abused child is one who has
    suffered intentional serious mental, emotional,
    sexual, and/or physical injury inflicted by a
    parent or other person responsible for the
    childs care.

  • Most states have enacted legislation that
  • Requires health professionals to report suspected
    child abuse.
  • Provides civil immunity for making a good-faith

State of Utah Utah County Childrens Justice
Reporting Possible Abuse Protecting children from
abuse is everyone's responsibility."Whenever
any person...has reason to believe that a child
has been subjected to incest, molestation, sexual
exploitation, sexual abuse, or neglect, or who
observes a child being subjected to conditions or
circumstances which would reasonably result in
(this abuse)...he shall immediately notify the
nearest peace officer, law enforcement agency, or
office of the division (Division of Child and
Family Services-Department of Social Services,
Protective Services)." (Utah State Code
62A-4-501) "Reason to believe" does not mean
that you must prove a child is being abused or
neglected. It is the role of the investigators
(law enforcement officer or Protective Service
worker) to investigate and establish proof. The
investigation should be conducted in a
confidential and sensitive manner.