Cause for concern when patients get medical warnings inked

According to an article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, it’s not only young people who want to be inked rather than have a metal bracelet, an elderly woman in the UK has “Do Not Resuscitate” tattooed over her heart and the letters PTO (for “please turn over”) on her upper right shoulder.

The journal also turned up references in the medical literature to a wounded soldier who was tattooed with his blood type and an emergency physician sporting a symbol indicating “do not defibrillate” on his chest.

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