The goal of minimizing the number of interviews sounds a compassionate one, although I get the impression from my police friends that in this, as in other types of cases, multiple interviews are used by them to ensure they are getting the most accurate recall. No deceit implied - the details which change as the story is repeated are often not as reliable as the details which are recalled identically every time. They also tend to vary interviewers and interview techniques.
Still, my surprise here is that you are planning to interview them in the first place. In my experience & training (UK) as soon as there is suspicion of any criminal activity, we call in the relevant police experts and the idea is to avoid "contamination" - both verbal & physical. We also leave the examination to their medical experts, so as not to damage any forensic evidence. We are told that there is a risk is quite small that talking through things will cause a problem, but they would rather do it themselves, before any risk of the patient getting bored/tired/anxious. The police have highly-trained personnel for this purpose and, by implication, if you have time to interview, then the emergency is no longer there, so there appears to be no harm in passing the task to the legal experts. Also, they have indicated to us that this means far less chance of medical personnel being required to leave work to testify and, if they do, the less "interviewing" we did, the shorter the time spent being questioned!
Does the police where you are have such specifically-trained people/teams? Do they (like here) have a special location/venue to go to for this purpose (not on hospital site)?
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Sent: 13 December 2017 15:36
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Subject: Alleged abuse
Do you have a protocol for interviewing the patients in the emergency department that come with the chief complaint of suspicious trauma or sexual abuse ?
Our goal of minimizing the number of times the patient is interviewed ?
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Long Beach , CA
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