After a shooting, a stabbing or a bad crash in Charlotte, crime scene investigators rush to the scene to collect evidence. Thursday, doctors and nurses were learning how they can help.
"We are the front lines, we are the secondary crime scene," said Dr. Jayne Batts, an emergency medicine physician at Carolians Medical Center - Main.
She and other doctors, nurses, prosecutors and defense attorneys were going over how to identify and save evidence, from preserving clothes to documenting wounds.
"We are teaching them the forensic evaluation of the gunshot wound, which wound is the entrance, which is the exit, what's the range of fire," said Dr. Bill Smock, from the Louisville Metro Police Department.
Batts said some doctors and nurses in Charlotte already have training to identify and collect evidence when victims come to the emergency room.
"We train the emergency providers and the pre-hospital people how to collect evidence in the back of their Medic truck or in the emergency department," Batts said.
She said the goal is to push that training even further. She says many emergency rooms across the state and the country don't have programs in place for saving evidence.
The Carolinas HealthCare System is working on a program to teach more doctors locally. They also want to offer doctors nationwide a class from them online. Participants would then come to Charlotte for the hands on portion of the class.
Smock was teaching the class with help from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on Thursday. He said on Wednesday, the class got hands-on practice at the gun range. Participants looked at a gunshot on a mannequin to figure out where the shot came from and what evidence to save.
"We do our patients a disservice if we lose the evidence they come in with," Smock said.