Tattoos to warn of medical conditions

12:06 pm Health Care

An increasing number of Americans are turning to medical tattoos to warn emergency responders about important medical conditions. However, “It’s unclear whether an ambulance crew racing to treat a gravely ill patient could honor a request…based on a “tattoo alone.” Moreover, it’s questionable whether medics or doctors would be under any obligation to honor end-of-life instructions in a tattoo, unless they could be sure the patient also had signed legally binding papers. [AMA News]

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