Human Trafficking Clinical Presentation and Treatment in the ED;
A Teaching Module:
The purpose of providing this information to ED clinicians is to improve the quality of healthcare that trafficked persons receive upon ED presentation. Emergency care practitioners are one of the few groups of people on the frontline, able to facilitate the escape of trafficked persons. Armed with the knowledge of how these patients present and the proper treatment available for them, providers can positively change lives. Appropriately implemented, such education should increase the number safe opportunities for trafficked persons to leave unsafe and unjust living conditions.
The following is a module, meant to guide the educator; it is offered as an effective and efficient means of educating busy but dedicated practitioners. It is by no means all- inclusive or fixed. Education facilitators should feel free to revise this guide in an effort to best train ED clinicians. Visit here for more training and educational resources.
Pre-Session Assessment (~a week before the Session)
Introduction/Salutation (≤60 sec):
Present Case Study (~60 sec):
“Obtunded teenage ♀, GCS of 5, presents to LA E.D., w/her older bro. She is bleeding from her vaginal canal; old/new burns, scars, cuts visible on wrists, ankles, neck. Pt. unresponsive, but brother reports she is schizophrenic and suspects a ‘dangerous abortion attempt.’”
Read Jill’s Abbreviated Story (~4 min) (Warn that this narrative contains graphic information that may be triggering for some listeners.)
Short Transition/Pause to PowerPoint Presentation (~ “So. I imagine that was a lot for some of you. So. Let’s talk about our role, in the care of trafficked persons, as practitioners in the E.D.”)
PowerPoint Presentation (guiding notes included in powerpoint)
Post-Session Evaluation (immediately following presenation)
Before you give this presentation you should be familiar with the following resources:
audio version—transcript fee: $3.95)
More resources on human trafficking: