UTAH, Utah (Reuters) – An examination of the body of a woman found with her throat slit during a botched vaginal exam by a polygraph examiner is the latest in a string of such botched examinations that have made the profession of forensic medical examination a source of concern.
The Utah Department of Public Health said on Tuesday that it had issued a recall for the metal-and-glass-coated, gloves-wearing examiner, and that it was working with local police and the state to identify and take appropriate action to stop such incidents.
The department did not identify the examiner in a statement but said it had not received any complaints about the incident.
“As an example, the department’s forensic medical examiner (EFME) is the only examiner to be wearing a plastic glove in a forensic exam,” the department said.
“Any person who has witnessed or experienced a forensic medical medical examiner in an act of self-defence should contact the department immediately.”
The state said it would issue a statement on its investigation of the incident, but did not name the examiner.
The practice of forensic medicine, a specialty in diagnosing and treating diseases, is widely accepted in the United States and has been practiced for centuries.
In the United Kingdom, where the practice of medical examination was outlawed in the 1960s, it was called “medical diagnosis”.
In Utah, a polygrapher, known as a “polygrapher” in the state, is a person who tests the body to determine whether a victim is dead or alive.
The procedure, called a “medical exam” or a “test”, involves performing a physical exam to identify internal organs and to determine if a victim was dead or not.
There are no national guidelines about the safety of the forensic examiners gloves.
In a statement to Reuters, Utah State University criminologist David Nadelmann said it was difficult to quantify the amount of time it takes to perform an exam, because polygraphs are usually performed between two and eight hours a day.
“It’s not a matter of whether or not the examiner is wearing gloves,” he said.
“It’s the amount that the examiner has to be doing it and the amount the examiner needs to be trained to do it, to be able to effectively interpret a scene and get the right result.”
That takes a long time.
“Nadelmann also said it could be hard for police to identify the person who conducted the exam.”
There’s a great deal of variability in the way the police will respond to a case that’s not the result of the examiner’s actions,” he told Reuters.”
We don’t have good data on the number of times police will say they’ve seen someone wearing gloves, and then if they’re actually the one wearing gloves they don’t follow through with it.
“The FBI and the Utah State Medical Examiner’s Association are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime, and the department is asking that any complaints be forwarded to the FBI.
In August, a woman was shot in the head during a routine exam in Salt Lake City.
The shooting happened on the Utah-Arizona border, where police are concerned there could be increased gun violence there.