Always obtain and record a verbatim account of how the patient alleges the injury was sustained.

It is recommended that a ruler, scale, or tape measure is used to accurately measure the size of injuries and also measure the distance from a fixed structure.

Ideally, photographs should be taken before any treatment is commenced. These can be taken by the Police on their Body Cameras (if worn), by Medical Photography, or on a Departmental Camera.

Body maps can be used to document where the injuries are.

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