Patients and cell phone cameras - page 2

Sorry if this has come up before. I have seen it a time or two, but saw it again over the weekend. How do you feel about patients taking pictures for their own personal use of wounds, etc? I... Read More

  1. by   ChristaRN
    I've seen patients/parents take pics of wounds and the like on occasion. I never thought 'lawsuit' but probably just because these were patients who largely were pleasant, cooperative and seemed appreciative of our efforts. And coming from a 26 year old nurse who loves Facebook, I would bet my next paycheck that if I had some wound or OR scar in most places I would take pics and post them on Facebook because I just love to document everything that happens!
  2. by   Flare
    To me no biggie if a patient wants pics of their wound. I worked doing home care for a while and one family actually video taped the dressing change procedure for a patient with an extremely complex dressing change. I was really happy waling in there as a weekend fill in that i was able to watch a brief video before i set off to do this crazy dressing. Granted, the nurse in the video was the patient's daughter who could do one dressing change a day, but not the AM - so no actual staff was harmed in the making of the video
  3. by   2BSure
    We have patients do this in the ER all of the time. I agree with what one poster said -- no pictures of us giving care.

    I do wish that when I had ARDS a few years ago someone had taken a picture of the state I was in.
  4. by   ECKPowers
    It's really no different than an x-ray, ultrasound, MRI, or CT. Scan. It's their body. It's just an area where a picture might not usually be taken. As a patient I've taken pictures of some pretty cool bruises, it's kind of a trophy. LOL. My husband just had ACL surgery, we took pictures of the knee so we could send to his mother. It's not a big deal. Provided, it's not of a delicate area.
  5. by   canoehead
    Preteen boys (and older ones too) love to have pictures of lacerations before repair to show their friends. It gives them something to talk about during the repair, and they leave with a smile.
  6. by   I love my cat!
    Snap away....just as long as 1. I don't have to take the picture 2. I am not in the picture and 3. The Ansel Adams/Diane Arbus wanna-be photo shoot doesn't interfere with the care and treatments that I am providing.
  7. by   diane227
    As far as I am concerned they have the right to photograph any part of their body that is an issue and in fact I encourage this if they have been involved in an accident or an infection acquired as a result of a negative medical event. If they have a complicated dressing change to do, I would welcome having a family member video the procedure so they would have a great reference when they are discharged. I have had photos taken with patients and their families that I know well and have developed a long term relationship with. We cannot take photos of any area of the patient without their consent.
  8. by   8jimi8ICURN
    it seems that everyone universally agrees that you can't take pictures of the nurse providing care, or of the dressing change.

    why is that? is there something i haven't heard about in nursing school?! Da*n ASN what did they leave out?!!
  9. by   cherrybreeze
    Quote from 8flood8
    it seems that everyone universally agrees that you can't take pictures of the nurse providing care, or of the dressing change.

    why is that? is there something i haven't heard about in nursing school?! Da*n ASN what did they leave out?!!
    I wouldn't want my picture taken without consent. Any part of me, even my hands, whatever....I don't know where that pic will end up. I don't want half my face on someone's Myspace page, for example....
  10. by   morte
    Quote from cherrybreeze
    I wouldn't want my picture taken without consent. Any part of me, even my hands, whatever....I don't know where that pic will end up. I don't want half my face on someone's Myspace page, for example....
    photoshopped on someone elses body.....we have a right to control how our images are used.....no pic/no worry
    this has been my concern since this thread started....that is why i made the point about large bulky cameras... they can not, for the most part be used in close quarters with out being obvious.....we dont know nec. when a camera phone is being used.....and we all know there are persons who wouldnt care if we had said no pictures, they would/will do it anyway it they want to
  11. by   tishirajan
    I agree with the fact that I don't want any part of my body in a picture without my consent. They can take all the pictures they want as long as I'm no where near being in the frame.

    LOL at being photoshopped on someone else's body! That would be just my luck!

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