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Do Not Resuscitate Tattoo

A story about a man’s unique tattoo went viral last week. An unidentified, unconscious 70-year-old man was rushed to the Emergency Room at University of Miami Hospital. The hospital began to try to help the man, but upon removing his shirt, they found a tattoo reading: “Do Not Resuscitate” with a signature below it. Legally, in the state of Florida, Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders must be printed on yellow paper and signed by a doctor.  DNR orders, like all medical directives, should be easily amended (whereas a tattoo is obviously permanent and expensive to remove). The man arrived alone, unidentified, and could not communicate, so the tattoo was the only indication of any end-of-life wishes. When considering their options, Read More