What if your patient had a DNR tattoo?

“DO NOT RESUSCITATE” tattooed across your patients’ chest and they lose their pulse. What would you do?

Within the inner circles of the nursing profession we joke about getting this tattoo… well someone actually did it.

I offer my thoughts on this moral dilemma on my Instagram story.

Check out the links below for the story and some follow up commentary blog posts:

A man collapsed with ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ tattooed on his chest. Doctors didn’t know what to do.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/12/01/a-man-collapsed-with-do-not-resuscitate-tattooed-on-his-chest-doctors-didnt-know-what-to-do/?utm_term=.54b9eb0c5c4b

An Unconscious Patient with a DNR Tattoo
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc1713344

DNR Tattoos: “Do Not Respect?” #IncidentReport 124 ZDoggMD:

 

 

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