Medical Tattoos

I am aware that there are medical tattoos. The ones I am familiar with are tiny dots used as ‘aimpoints’ for radiation during the treatment of cancer, and they’re usually quite small and hard to find unless you know what you’re looking for.

Yahoo has a report of a person getting a tattoo for medical reasons, but not for life-saving, quite the opposite: she got a DNR tattoo!

LONDON (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 $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.

I guarantee that is one DNR request that would be honored. And I hope she doesn’t have to use it for a very long time.

via codeblog


  1. I tried to click the “Write Me” section and did not get a link! :-} I enjoy your blog.

  2. …similar to writing in dark, thick, lasting ink “NOT THIS ONE!” on the leg or arm that is NOT supposed to be amputated…