I Want a Picture of This!
Here is an interesting discussion point. When do we, as responders, have the "right" to take pictures of our patient. In this case, the fire department wanted to have pictures for training purposes but was refused. Here's the original question I received...
"Last week we were called to the hospital for an impalement. A guy went spear fishing and had an accident that shot a spear through the bottom of his chin, through his mouth, and came out the top of his head. They couldn't load him into the cat-scan because he had six feet of spear sticking out of his head so they needed it cut. There was no way they were letting us take pictures even when it was explained to them that they would only be used for training purposes. Since we were on private property I didn't get in it with them.
Where can I find a law to make a printout of it? I'm sure we'll run into something photo worthy on a public street at some point and I want to be able to have a hard copy to hand to anybody that might give us a hard time."
My response to this department was... "I do not know how the 'rights' of the patient and the 'rights' of us as responders apply in this situation. If you made patient contact at an incident scene, it would be expected that you could and would take pics. Your situation, however, was that you were on hospital property when you made contact with your patient.
I don't have an answer for you. It would be worth exploring with your City legal department as well as with follow-up meetings with the hospital administration to see what laws or policies apply. I would do what you did...don't argue, just get the job done and consider this a lost opportunity; one that you can use to establish procedures for future situations."
Any ideas from Forum Members???