Widow's tattoo states dying wish

  1. http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/europe...eut/index.html

    LONDON, England (Reuters) -- An 85 year-old widow is so determined not to be resuscitated against her will by doctors that she has tattooed the words "Do Not Resuscitate" across her chest.

    Frances Polack, a former nurse, said she paid 25 pounds ($40) for a tattoo with the instruction and a heart with a 'no-go' sign in red and blue to ensure medical staff knew she did not want to be revived.

    "Years ago when I was nursing I could see they resuscitated so many people they shouldn't have," Polack told the Nursing Standard magazine.

    "I don't want to die twice. By resuscitating me, they would be bringing me back from the dead only for me to have to go through it again," Polack said.

    The white-haired pensioner who lives in the New Forest in the south of England said she visited a local tattooist with a friend. "I don't know if I want to start a fashion, but I hope I will start a debate," she said.



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  2. 30 Comments

  3. by   memphispanda
    I saw that yesterday! I had actually been discussing getting a DNR tattoo of some sort when we have the money for it.
  4. by   NurseShell
    Finally! A legitmate use for tattoos!! he he he

    (I've been trying to convince hubby that I "need" one for years )
  5. by   Mkue
    I just heard that on the radio !
  6. by   cactus wren
    Good for her, I have wanted one for years...kinda scared of needles, tho.............

    A friend has a good idea...they need to invent a dye that will only show up when the o2 sats get to like 70`s...and then the DNR tat will show up...on your forehead...
  7. by   Heather333
    Originally posted by cactus wren
    Good for her, I have wanted one for years...kinda scared of needles, tho.............

    A friend has a good idea...they need to invent a dye that will only show up when the o2 sats get to like 70`s...and then the DNR tat will show up...on your forehead...


    Heather
  8. by   JedsMom
    I've been threatening to do the same thing for many years
  9. by   emily_mom
    That had to hurt...yowsie...

    But...good idea!
  10. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by nurseshell
    (I've been trying to convince hubby that I "need" one for years )
    But you do need one.

    Have you convinced him yet?
  11. by   Tweety
    I wonder if that's a legal document? LOL

    I've thought of doing the same thing. If I dropped dead, no matter what my age, leave me dead please.
  12. by   -jt
    Well, it can be humorous to hear these stories but I think its so ridiculous that the public actually thinks a tatoo is a valid DNR consent. A DNR tatoo will not prevent her from being resuscitated. An RN in my community had DNR tatooed across his chest for many years. When he was a victim in car accident a few years ago, even though the tatoo was clear, he was still resuscitated. A DNR tatoo cant be considered an advance directive. Its just another tatoo. The healthcare professionals couldnt just say oh look at his tatoo - hes a DNR, and then stand back & do nothing. They would have been legally liable for neglience if they had with-held CPR just because of some initials on his skin. So, legally, they had to resuscitate him everytime he coded - until the family made the decision in writing (on a paper consent form). And the whole story was in our local newspaper for days. If these people feel so strongly about not being resuscitated that they took the time, expense, and pain of getting a tatoo, they should also take the time to discuss their wishes with their families and MDs, and put it all in writing in a legally binding paper document, so it can be upheld without question. Besides, the paper advance directives forms are free and they dont hurt. All this RN had was his tatoo and that didnt count, so his wishes could not be carried out until his family finally gave written permission. So sad.
    Last edit by -jt on Mar 6, '03
  13. by   valk
    That reminds me of a former patient.
    He was a quadriplegic @ 40 years old. I was talking to him about advance directives & he asked me to help him take his shirt off. I asked him why & he just said you'll understand in a minute.
    Right there on his chest were the initials DNR in letters @3 inches high.
    He said that he wished he had never been resuscitated after the accident that left him paralyzed & figured if it was written right there on his chest he wouldn't be brought back again.
    I documented it in his chart & he had his mother fill out the advance directive.
  14. by   Whisper
    -jt,
    Does your local newspaper, have an internet link? I am gathering information for a debate and essay on DNR , and would be really interested in reading those articles.

    Whisper

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