January 2, 2016 william

Medical Tats And The Law


A GROWING TREND

Medical tattoos are growing in popularity.

Many folks are getting them to replace medical alert bracelets.

  • Diabetics may get a tattoo of a syringe with the word insulin written in it or list the type of diabetes (ie: type one or two)
  • Lists of allergies (ie: bee stings)
  • Medical conditions (ie: asthma)
  • No procedures on a specific body part (ie: blood draws)
  • Organ donor

TATTOOS AND THE LAW

  • A bracelet can be taken off but a tattoo is not so easy.
  • So, if your medical condition changes, how can you update the tattoo?
  • For now, paramedics are not on the lookout for medical tattoos.
  • Even if they find one, it’s not known if they follow the wishes.
  • (Think: Do Not Resuscitate.)

ON THE OTHER HAND

Tattoos have become increasingly used to camouflage burns and other skin conditions.

This can vastly improve a person’s self esteem.
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