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The first responder must be aware of some of the legal considerations when responding to a death or crimes scene. This includes consent for treatment and privacy considerations.

These considerations extend to other areas including testifying in a deposition or courtroom trial, which is not uncommon when responding to these types of scenes.

The possible negative repercussions of using a personal cell phone to take pictures of patients and scenes is something the first responder should be cognizant of. It has become common, with the proliferation of cell phones that contain camaras, for first responders to use their personal phone to take pictures on the scene. The negative consequences of doing so can be formidable.

In these modules the first responder will be introduced to some of the important legal aspects of responding to these scenes.

Once completed, the learner will receive five (5) hours of continuing education credits that can be applied to national and state recertification requirements.