Medical alert tattoos continue to gain in popularity.
Medical alert tattoos continue to gain in popularity. If you have a medical condition that emergency services and health professionals should be aware of in the event that you're unable to express yourself, a prominently placed tattoo can be a lifesaver.
What to Consider
On the plus side, having a tattoo in an obvious and clearly visible place means that you have to worry less about losing your medical identification card or jewelry. However, in the event of a medical emergency, it's possible that emergency personnel won't go looking for a tattoo. They aren’t trained to search your body for a tattoo. They’ll check for medic alert jewelry and they will look in your wallet for a medical ID card, but they won’t specifically look for a tattoo. So, if you're thinking about getting a medical tattoo, it's advisable to use it as just a part of your medical identification and keep using more traditional methods, too.
Medical Alert Tattoo Designs
Many people choose their preferred symbol, the words "medic alert," and the name of their condition. Other people also choose to list their allergies alongside the medical alert symbol. Keep the writing simple. It’s a life-saving device, not a sonnet. Forget the flowery prose and stick to your condition and, if applicable, your allergies. Symbol, condition, allergies are really all you need. A clean, simple tattoo with perhaps a splash of color and few words will quickly draw the eye.
Some people want to make sure their wishes are known and respected, but feel that a standard DNR form or carrying an organ donor card is not enough. So, to plan for the worst, they choose to have a health directive or final wish tattoo. For example, an increasingly popular option is to have a "do not resuscitate" tattoo across the chest. It’s important to know, however, that tattoos are not legally binding, so health personnel do not have to heed the tattoo if they are not certain that a legal DNR exists. An organ donor tattoo is also not legally binding, but it does tell health professionals and reassures your loved ones of your wishes.