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Medical info tattoo

Discussion in 'Firefighter/EMS Talk' started by Hoppes No.9, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. Hoppes No.9

    Hoppes No.9

    Jan 17, 2007
    Have any of the you EMS/Fire/or even Military folks seen someone with a tattoo referencing their medical history, allergies, diseases, bloodtype etc...?

    Would this info be helpful to EMS or emergency room staff after a person has either been involved in a critical or SHTF incident? Or would it be a waste of tattoo ink and time?

    If helpful, my assumption is that the best place to put the tattoo would be on the torso. Of course, I've been wrong before.
  2. RyanNREMTP

    RyanNREMTP Inactive/Banned

    Jun 16, 2007
    Waco, Texas
    I'm no expert on tattoos but I'd figure as the person gets older, and more medical history piles up the skin would be harder to place more tattoos.

    I'd be happy with a government issue highlighter as seen below.



    Jan 2, 2005
  4. Skintop911

    Skintop911 Uber-Practical

    Nov 2, 2003
    Midwest, USA
    I know of several folks who've had tats resembling medic-alert tags, with pertinent information regarding their condition or allergy. They are featured in the places you'd normally checked.

    I know some military folks who have had a bloodtype-NKA tat on their arms or chest. More trend than function.

    Helpful? If medic-alert jewelry became lost, it indeed could be.
  5. Shrike30

    Shrike30 EMT-B

    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA, USA
    If you're trying to pick a place that isn't your cheekbone or forehead, I'd say the left forearm/bicep would probably be your best spot. Given the layout of many ambulances, that's the first place a lot of EMT's go to try and find heart rate and blood pressure.