‘Do Not Resuscitate’ tattoo baffles Florida docs

A medical emergency became a bewildering moral dilemma in a Florida hospital when doctors were uncertain whether an unconscious patient’s ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ tattoo was a legitimate order.

Reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, the case details the difficult life-ending decisions and investigations into a patient’s background required of medical professionals.

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  • Hard Little Machine

    I would accept it at face value. No one’s THAT stupid or if they are, then so what? There’s edgy and then there’s entirely dumb

    • Clausewitz

      Darwin approves……

    • canminuteman

      I have sympathy for your position.

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    When did tattoos become legal documents.
    If you resuscitate his and he’s later mad about it, then point him to the nearest high building.
    Then again, if someone is dumb enough to have THAT tattooed on themselves, then let ‘em die. Nothing of value will have been lost.
    Any decision is a “win”.

  • Jaedo Drax

    The law in Florida requires it to be on yellow paper and signed by a doctor. Next time, include a QR code with a link to the right paperwork.

  • Clink9

    I can’t believe doctors don’t know the DNR protocol in their state.

    Real doctors or Obama doctors?

  • tom_billesley

    Do the people with a dashed line “cut here” tattoo around their neck go on holiday in Shariastan?

  • Sharkibark

    “‘Do Not Resuscitate’ tattoo baffles Florida docs.'”

    Please God, do not let me be near death in Floriday.

  • Shebel

    What are the qualifications for becoming a Doctor in Florida besides being Illiterate ?

  • andycanuck

    And they censored his third nipple?
    Scaramanga has a beard!!! Quick, tell MI-6!!!

  • Tooth&Claw

    I doubt he had that done for kicks and giggles. He meant it if he had it marked on him.

    • Clink9

      Making it back from CPR can be pretty messed up.

      • Tooth&Claw

        If…you make it back.