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Data protection of images taken in the emergency department made easy with a webcam
  1. Stevan Raynier Bruijns
  1. Correspondence to Dr Stevan Raynier Bruijns, Associate Specialist in Emergency Medicine, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, 46 Cressbrook Drive, Plymouth PL6 8RY, UK; scbruijns{at}

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The use of smartphones in the emergency department (ED) to capture images from patients' injuries has led to many trusts adopting strict guidance to restrict the use of patient identifiable data on devices such as these. Most EDs will keep a departmental digital camera in order to capture images such as compound fracture wounds before manipulation and plastering to assist the orthopaedic team in planning for surgery. Plastic surgery is another …

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