Dating bruises in the elderly
The second step in differentiating accidental from suspicious bruising is to document bruises in elderly individuals who are confirmed victims of elder mistreatment.
A follow-up study funded by NIJ found that: NIJ funded research examining the decision-making processes medical examiners and coroners use when investigating suspicious deaths.
These findings call for additional research on both the decision-making practices of medical examiners and the forensic markers of elder mistreatment.
An expert panel reviewed 55 of the completed forms. Final report to the Office for Victims of Crime, July 2008, NCJ 223288.
I receive a lot of questions about determining the age of bruises. Stam B, van Gemert MJ, van Leeuwen TG, Teeuw AH, van der Wal AC, Aalders MC. Evaluating Change In Bruise Colorimetry And The Effect Of Subject Characteristics Over Time.