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Doctors were left with an ethical dilemma after an unconscious patient was brought into their hospital with a "do not resuscitate" tattoo on his chest.

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The 70-year-old man was taken by paramedics into the emergency room at Miami University Hospital with a high blood-alcohol level and without any identification, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.

Doctors discovered the patient’s tattoo with his signature beneath, but could not find a next of kin or any medical paper work for him.

When his pulse began to slow, the doctors made the decision to treat the patient in case the tattoo was not a genuine statement of his wishes, during which time an ethics consultation was requested.

After consulting the ethics team the decision was made to honour the ‘do not resuscitate’ tattoo and the patient died during the night.

The authors of the journal’s case study, wrote: “We initially decided not to honour the tattoo, invoking the principle of not choosing an irreversible path when faced with uncertainty.

“This decision left us conflicted owing to the patient’s extraordinary effort to make his presumed advance directive known; therefore, an ethics consultation was requested.”

Gregory Holt, the lead author of the new case study, said the biggest concern for him was whether it was legally the right decision.

“Florida has stringent rules on this,” he told Gizmodo.

It is not the first time a patient’s tattoo has stumped doctors. A case study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine described doctors discovering a diabetic man who was in hospital for a leg amputation but had "D.N.R" tattooed on his chest.

In that case, the patient claimed to have had the tattoo after losing a bet and told doctors he did not think anyone would take it seriously


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Wrong decision.

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seneca Post time: 2017-12-2 06:42
Wrong decision.

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This post was edited by Ratfink at 2017-12-3 20:40

What can I say, the idiot with the tattoo got what he deserved? Or maybe we should feel sorry for him?  If they held an ethics meeting then the hospital would have argued on all sides to come to a final decision.

It's all well and good for people to say they should have done this, or done that, but, unless you have been faced with a decision that really is a life or death outcome you will have no idea of what the staff go through while making such a decision. They are likely to be damned for making one of 3 probable choices.  
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Ratfink Post time: 2017-12-3 20:38
What can I say, the idiot with the tattoo got what he deserved? Or maybe we should feel sorry for hi ...

The biggest problem they had was that he was unidentifiable.
But as you say he had the tattoo if he complains about it then that's the time to start worrying

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seneca Post time: 2017-12-2 06:42
Wrong decision.

shame the tattoo was not on your chest ..!!!!

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raton Post time: 2017-12-10 13:58
shame the tattoo was not on your chest ..!!!!

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