Background/introduction A dedicated sexual assault aftercare clinic was set up at the integrated sexual health service to provide care for the victims of sexual assault. British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) guidelines provide auditable measures to compare standard of care provided by services. We wanted to assess and improve the service offered to victims by the dedicated clinic.
Aim(s)/objectives To evaluate current clinical practice in the management of victims of sexual assault against the auditable outcome measures in the guidelines and improve the quality of care provided by communicating the findings, recommendations and action plans to team members.
Methods Retrospective review of all victims who attended the clinic between January 2015 and 31st September 2015 was performed. Cases were identified from coding used in the clinic. A standard data collection sheet developed on the basis of the BASHH guidelines was used.
Results Of the 53 victims identified, 96% were women, 83% were white, 13% were alcohol/drug related and 25% were under 18 years of age. 57% were referred by the sexual assault referral centre.96% reported one assailant and 55% were known to the victim. 100% had HIV risk assessment and were offered PEPSE if indicated. 98% were offered forensic examination if applicable, 93% emergency contraception if needed. Offer of prophylaxis against sexually transmitted infections: chlamydia 74%, gonorrhoea 62%, Trichomonas 49%. Offer of baseline testing for chlamydia 98%, gonorrhoea 100%, trichomonas 64%, syphilis HIV and hepatitis B & C 100%. Documentation of a plan for repeat STI testing 93%, documentation of offer of vaccination against hepatitis B 94% and assessment of child protection needs if under 18 years 77%.
Discussion/conclusion Areas to improve: documentation of a self-harm risk assessment, offer of emergency contraception, recording of a discussion of need for pregnancy test in 3 weeks after emergency contraception, documentation of offer of prophylactic treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhoea and trichomonas and documentation of an assessment of child protection needs if the victim was under 18 years of age. This will be re-audited in 6 months.
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