Bassat wrote in post #18454333
I work in small community hospital, where I'm on the medical/surgical unit. We stabilize and maintain patients; no photography at all here. Seems to me like ED, OB, ICU units would have way more interesting stuff to photograph.
Yes, it's huge in the ED/OR/ICU for teaching purposes and for teleconference for things that are above someone's experience (which is common). Even on med-surg, it's common to have education that involves photography such as wound care, ulcers, skin condition, line placement/cleaning/sterilization/prep, airway management (such as trachs), etc. Even then, most of it is just someone's cellphone image printed out, not a professional hired to come in and photograph something in situ.
Granted, our hospital has a media group that produce things for social media, posters, etc, but they're far from professional photographers, they're mostly AV kids with a point & shoot. And the images are generally pretty poor.
The only time I've seen a skilled photographer with pretty good equipment show up, was to do busts for each batch of new physicians and administrators for the websites, handbooks, etc. And senior staff throughout the facility greater than 15 years have their portraits done professionally at a local studio and we hang them on the walls outside each unit/department. But that's the extent of the professional stuff. The in-hospital stuff for day to day is all cellphone. Aside from one physician that considers himself a medical-photojournalist and shoots a film Leica in our ED (I wish you could hear my eyes roll right now).