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Forensic Nurse in Virginia Develops Technology to Detect Bruises on Dark Skin – NBC4 Washington
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Forensic Nurse in Virginia Develops Technology to Detect Bruises on Dark Skin – NBC4 Washington

A forensic nurse and associate professor at George Mason University has discovered and developed a way to detect bruising more easily on dark skin tones in the hopes of helping more victims of domestic violence and abuse. Dr. Katherine Scafide worked as an emergency room and trauma nurse, and said she was amazed by the number of serious injuries she saw. That pushed her to pursue a career in forensic nursing to help victims of domestic violence. "I became fascinated by the specific care that they need in a time in which they were quite vulnerable," Scafide said. She said injuries like bruises were harder to see with the naked eye, especially when the victims were people of color. ”Without being able to see them, there’s nothing for me to document," Scafide said. "...