EMS in Crime Scene

EMS in Crime Scene

Role of Medical Emergency Teams in Forensic Cases

1st Edition - March 17, 2021

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  • Author: Albino Manuel Gomes
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128244203
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128245590

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EMS in Crime Scene: Role of Medical Emergency Teams in Forensic Cases addresses the different settings that occur in pre-hospital environments, along with the medical-forensic relevance surrounding evidence preservation. The book identifies the main difficulties in this subject to promote proper intervention. The main role of EMS will always be medical assistance, but it is also their job to ensure their safety, the safety of the victim and the protection of the local scene. This means of preserving evidence, even though it is an ancillary activity and is not meant to compromise care of the victim, is an important role of EMS. The objective of preserving where a crime has occurred is, from the outset, to keep the environment as unchanged as possible, that is, not to move and/or subtract objects from their original position (even if it is a firearm) and not to add elements that were not present at the scene, such as shoe trail marks, earth, hair strands, cigarette butts, etc.

Key Features

  • Presents how to identify and preserve a crime scene
  • Covers how to avoid contaminating the victim or crime scene evidence
  • Reviews how to document the facts in a way that protects both the victim and the medical emergency team


EMS and Emergency Medicine professionals, Paramedics, Forensic Nurses, Forensic Practitioners

Table of Contents

  • 1. Emergency and urgency: concepts and evolution
    2. Criminal investigation historical aspects
    3. Physiopathology of death
    4. Violent death
    5. Violent death in emergency department and prehospital
    6. Evidences with medical-legal relevance
    7. Crime scene
    8. Criminal investigation
    9. Intervention protocols
    10. Intervention in the preservation and collection of evidences
    11. Forensic artifacts
    12. 911 call center
    13. Documentation in forensic cases
    14. Intra- and extra-hospital material for preservation and collection of evidences
    15. Final considerations

Product details

  • No. of pages: 220
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2021
  • Published: March 17, 2021
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128244203
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128245590

About the Author

Albino Manuel Gomes

Albino Manuel Gomes is a Forensic Nurse Examiner in APEFORENSE, Lisbon, Portugal.

Affiliations and Expertise

Forensic Nurse Examiner, APEFORENSE, Lisbon, Portugal

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