Man Brought to the ER with a "Do No Resuscitate" tattoo

  1. Earlier this year, an ambulance brought an unconscious, declining man to an ER near Miami. When the staff undressed him, they saw a "Do Not Resuscitate" tattoo on his chest. The Washington Post details what happened next.

    Doctors in Miami faced an unusual ethical dilemma when an unconscious, deteriorating patient was brought into the emergency room with the words "Do Not Resuscitate" across his chest.

    The 70-year-old man was taken earlier this year to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where doctors made their startling discovery: a chest tattoo that seemed to convey the patient's end-of-life wishes. The word "Not" was underlined, and the tattoo included a signature.

    It left the medical team grappling with myriad ethical and legal questions.

    Was it an accurate representation of what the patient wanted? Was it legally sound? Should they honor it?
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  3. by   elkpark
    There's an existing thread about this case -- have you seen it?

    Living Will Tattoo
  4. by   NurseCapps
    Thats one way to document what you want.