Hospital investigates snapshots during surgery

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Urbana -- A central Illinois hospital has investigated three instances of employees using personal cellphones to photograph patients during surgery.

 

Carle Foundation Hospital officials say the photos were taken for legitimate reasons and were requested by the surgeon.

 

Stephanie Beever of the hospital's administrative staff says personal cellphones shouldn't have been used. She says the hospital has cameras for such photos, which sometimes are required for patient records or for research and education.

 

The hospital camera couldn't be found or wasn't working in the three situations. The investigation revealed the photos were shown to hospital staff who weren't involved in the patients' care.

 

Beever says the photos were shown around because the injuries were so remarkable. The patients involved have been informed.

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