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

Discussion in 'EMS-Related News' started by MMiz, Dec 1, 2017.

  1. MMiz

    MMiz I put the M in EMTLife Community Leader

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  2. Remi

    Remi Forum Deputy Chief Premium Member

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    Saw this earlier somewhere else. Pretty interesting.
     
  3. elshion

    elshion Forum Probie

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    Compress and inflate while someone else calls up your state office to confirm existance/absence of a DNR. You can always terminate, but once you stop you have that very miniscule window to start up again
     
  4. DrParasite

    DrParasite The fire extinguisher is not just for show

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    It's easier to apologize for saving someone's life vs explaining why you let someone die who didn't want to.

    But cases like this are why there are clear reasons what clear forms are needed for DNRs:
     
  5. Remi

    Remi Forum Deputy Chief Premium Member

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    Generally, but not always. As usual, the devil is in the details.

    What made this situation difficult wasn’t the legalities - everyone knows that a DNR tattoo is not a legal document - it was the fact that given the overall picture, it seemed likely that the tattoo was an accurate reflection of the patient’s wishes. Patient’s wishes should be honored whenever possible.
     
  6. Jim37F

    Jim37F Forum Deputy Chief

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    Isn't a "DNR tattoo" pretty much THE go to hypothetical whenever the topic comes up? And hasn't the answer pretty much always been "NO....a tattoo is not a legal document, you don't know whether it's ironic or a joke or serious, you can't honor the tattoo" Plus I've been told that even when presented with the proper legal form, if it's improperly filled out I can't honor it, or if there's ever any doubt, start at least BLS measures...now granted when you're an MD a lot of bucks stop with you and you can't just call medical control everytime something, not in a rigid protocol comes up, but still......
     
  7. ThadeusJ

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    Interesting that the tattoo included a copy of his signature as well (blanked out in the attached pic). Personally, I have a tattoo on my vocal chords that reads, "If you can read this you are too close".
     

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