Sexual Assault Referral Center

The unit needs to provide a robust structure on a semi-permanent base but if needed it can be moved on a different location. The unit is required to carry out full forensic examination in line with but not limited to the UK SARC and have all equipment and consumables included in the delivery of the unit. Local procedures and processes will be identified to tailor the system to its environment and practices and any improvements to these will be identified and built-in to the proposal at a later stage.

In addition to a forensic suite we have identified the need for an administration facility for the staff that will be located at this unit. Therefore a secondary administration unit is offered in the proposal. This will provide welfare facilities and administration / storage space to allow the SARC to be fully committed to the forensic examination element.

Reduces Building Costs

Having a building constructed or refurbished provides a number of difficulties which a mobile solution can easily overcome.

  • Ownership of Property
  • Refurbishment costs
  • Timescale
  • Project Costs
  • Expertise
  • Multiple Supply Chain Management
  • Mobility offering access for all
  • Fully project managed from start to end
  • Single source supply
  • Local sustainability
  • n-house forensic expertise

With the combined experience of SceneSafe and its partners we provide a history of working with the UK Police Sexual Assault market and as a board member of the Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine we are able to develop a program which can provide a more robust and secure system for the investigation of cases of a sexual violence matter. It has been identified that as a result of the local climate a different solution will be needed to combat the high humidity and heat.

With a set of particulars provided by the client we took this core detail and have developed a concept proposal document outlining scope of the SARC and what it can do and what it includes.

Our vision behind this unit was to enable full forensic medical examination in a controlled forensically clean area. A lab environment where by each component is located, recorded and orderly to provide a sophisticated operating area for evidence investigation.

Cutting Edge Technology

Having a building constructed or refurbished provides a number of difficulties which a mobile solution can easily overcome.

  • Examination Bench
  • Colposcope System
  • AVET interview system
  • FFLM spec modular methodology
  • SARC furniture
  • ISO18385 Forensic DNA Grade consumables
  • Designed to maintain a forensically clean environment

Any Location Worldwide

Having a building constructed or refurbished provides a number of difficulties which a mobile solution can easily overcome.

  • Global freight partners
  • Experience in mobile solutions shipping
  • Site survey analysis
  • Installation team
  • 3 day facility training
  • Min 6 months consumable supply
  • Forensic Expertise
  • Fully project managed
  • 1 fixed price

Operational Procedures Considered for SARC40

  • The examination room should be locked when not in use maintaining a forensic clean environment and be operational for use when needed.
  • The SARC should only be used for forensic clinical purposes. Ideally not to be used for generic medical practice unless a medical emergency and then it should go through full recovery procedure.
  • A log book should be kept indicating all persons who enter the SARC and a note made of the date and time and reason for entering (e.g. cleaning, examination, statement). There should be a book containing relevant information; for example, how to call out a cleaner, useful telephone numbers – genitourinary (GU) clinics, social services, etc.
  • The SARC needs to be cleaned after each use to prevent DNA (this include waiting room examination room and bathroom) contamination. The cleaning should include the forensic waiting room, the medical examination room, the bathroom and toilet within the facility. Within the medical examination room: the floor, couch (even if covered with a protector at the time of the medical), worktop, writing desk, sink and taps need to be cleaned each time the room is used.
  • Use an alcohol-based wipe with organic content for wiping down vinyl chairs in waiting room area and for the medical examination couch.
  • Use ChemGene HLD4 disinfectant as a general cleaning reagent for all hard work surfaces such as counter tops and sinks. ChemGene HLD4 disinfectants are meant to be in contact for at least 10 minutes to be effective. Concentrated solution should be diluted down to a 10% solution. However, once diluted, it has a limited shelf life. A 10% solution is suitable for floors and other surfaces where it is ‘left on’. Rubber gloves should be used when handling these products.
  • Use disposable white paper towels for cleaning surfaces with the disinfectant (the coloured varieties can cause fluorescence problems in the DNA process). Surfaces that could potentially collect dust etc. e.g. exposed storage shelves should be cleaned on at least once a week.
  • The DNA units use ChemGene 5LTR concentrate to clean the vinyl floors in the lab, as this is very effective at killing DNA/RNA on impact.
  • After disinfectant has been used to clean the sinks, they should be wiped with cloth type wipes. The cleaning cloths should be used once and restrict their use to one room.
  • The clinical examiners and chaperones should wear disposable powder free gloves.
  • The clinical room in the suite should have a lockable drug cupboard.
  • A named person should have responsibility for checking and restocking the suite on a regular basis (at least once a week). In his/her absence a problem should be reported to the police liaison officer or equivalent.
  • The modular kits should be stored in appropriately labelled shelves/containers. All unused items from opened kits must be appropriately disposed of.