First Response Tattoos

Posted by on February 27, 2012

My Tattoo is better than a bracelet.

People have been getting tattoos for years. Now people are starting to get them to save their own life.  People are now getting Tattoos to warn first responders about certain medical conditions that they might have such as an allergic reaction to medicine. Or if they have medical conditions that could prevent certain tools from being used on the person in need of medical help.

“Bracelets are nice, but something as strong as a tattoo … that is a strong statement,” said Dr. Ed Friedlander, a Kansas City pathologist who has “No CPR” tattooed in the center of his chest, where a paramedic would see it.

Some people like DR Ed Friedlanders of Kansas City are even getting the tattoo to let people know not to resuscitate if he is in need of CPR. That is a bold statement put right on the chest of the person wearing the Tattoo. How you going to miss that?

Melissa Boyer of Nashville, MI went through several bracelets before deciding to get her tattoo. She is 31-years-old and finally decided to get a 3 1/2- inch tattoo placed on her left forearm that has the medical symbol right on it. It identifies her as a type 1 diabetic. It also list her allergies to certain meds.

“It’s been 29 years that I’ve had (diabetes), and I went through I-don’t-know-how-many bracelets,” she said. “I went and got the tattoo, and it made life easier.”

I think the reason they are becoming so much more popular is because it gives you something you don’t have to worry about. On less thing to think of in the morning or loose and try to find. You now have the freedom to get up in the morning and not have to put this alert bracelet on.

One Dr. Aldasouqi wishes to make the Tattoos more uniformed or standard in places that are recognizable so first responders can see the tattoo right away.

“My intention has been to bring this issue to the surface so that medical organizations can have a say in that,” he said. “When you just Google it, you’re going to find hundreds of stories and discussions, but no medical say. So I feel we leave our patients kind of afloat.”

“My perspective is that we as physicians need to be involved in this,” he added.

Now they are not saying that people should be forced into getting one he is just adding that if your going to for medical reasons to make it standard across the board so people know where to look.

Not sure about you but it sounds pretty useful to me.


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