Merriam has been a nurse for 22 years, 13 of which include care of trauma patients. The last six years she has worked in the Surgical/Trauma Intensive Care Unit at Stanford University Medical Center.
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In approximately 50% of strangulation/suffocation cases, there is no visible sign of injury; in an additional 35% of cases the injuries are too minor to photograph. This presentation is designed to educate attorneys and investigators on what to look for to determine if strangulation occurred and the risk of lethality. Anatomy, vocabulary, statistics, mechanism, petechiae, and signs and symptoms are all reviewed. A case study is reviewed when time permits.
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Date: March 1, 2023
Merriam Young, MS, RN, CCRN, TCRN | Godoy Medical Forensics
Merriam has been a nurse for 22 years, 13 of which include care of trauma patients. The last six years she has worked in the Surgical/Trauma Intensive Care Unit at Stanford University Medical Center. Merriam has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s in Nursing from San Jose State University. She is currently completing a certificate in Forensic Nursing program from the University of California in Riverside. She is a certified critical care nurse and a trauma certified nurse.
Merriam has completed the four-day Advanced Strangulation Course and has reviewed multiple strangulation, assault, DUI and domestic violence cases. Merriam has been qualified to testify on Strangulation, Traumatic Brain Injury and Acceptable Medical Practice for Blood Draws.
I. Anatomy/Physiology | 12:00pm – 12:10pm
II. Statistics | 12:10pm – 12:15pm
III. Mechanisms | 12:15pm – 12:20pm
IV. Hypoxia/lethality | 12:20pm – 12:35pm
V. Petechiae | 12:35pm – 12:45pm
VI. Autopsy Findings | 12:45pm – 12:55pm
VII. Case Study | 12:55pm – 1:00pm