Pregnancy is a common time for women to suffer physical abuse. The Abuse Assessment Screen (AAS) can be used to rapidly screen a pregnant woman for physical abuse.
The instrument consists of 5 questions.
A positive response to items 2 and/or 3 should be further characterized by:
(2) number of episodes
(3) score for the type of abuse at each episode
Type of Abuse for Each Episode
threats of abuse, including use of a weapon
slapping, pushing; no injuries and/or lasting pain
punching, kicking, bruises, cuts, and/or continuing pain
beaten up, severe contusions, burns, broken bones
head, internal and/or permanent injury
use of a weapon, wound from weapon
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Specialty: Clinical Laboratory, Emergency Medicine, Pedatrics