Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
For patients who have been sexually assaulted, the physical and emotional injuries require clinicians who can offer trauma-informed care and community collaboration for continued support. Lawrence General is proud to be the first hospital in Massachusetts to provide the Massachusetts Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) Program to care for our community's adolescent/adult population. Massachusetts Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) are clinicians who have received specialized training and certification from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to care for sexual assault patients.
At no cost to patients, they provide medical forensic examinations in an ED, ICU, or OR at designated hospitals or virtually via the Program's TeleSANE Center. MA SANE care is available whether or not a patient chooses to report their assault to law enforcement. To date, this program has grown, providing on-call 24/7 SANE in-person response to designated hospitals, specialized training, and certification for nurses and physicians in the care of sexual assault patients throughout the Commonwealth. The program's mission is to deliver compassionate, comprehensive, expert, forensic nursing care to sexual assault patients of all ages across the Commonwealth.
Lawrence General Hospital is proud to be one of the designated 24/7 in-person SANE sites. Having an agreement with the Massachusetts Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) program will provide our patients with expert care to complete a medical forensic exam for patients of all ages. Additionally, Lawrence General's program offers clothing and other resources to assault victims when they leave the hospital. It is one of the few in Massachusetts specially trained to treat children under 12 years of age.