How to avoid the legal pitfalls of clinical photos

CASE STUDY

Images are part of the medical record and are subject to the same security protocols.

You have left your busy rural general practice on Friday afternoon and are some hours’ drive away when you get a text message from your registrar, with some photos attached. One of your patients has just arrived at the practice with a nasty steam burn to her arm. The registrar is concerned this could be a full thickness, circumferential burn and therefore the patient may require a higher level of care than can be provided at the local

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