By danyell1221 Latest Reply 2014-07-17 20:01:36 -0500
Started 2014-07-16 22:29:09 -0500

Have any of y'all thought of getting a medical alert tattoo? I know theirs others ways of ID ( I wear a bracelet) but would it not help for it to be there for life? There are many ways we could lose a wearable ID. What are your thoughts on medical alert tattoos!

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Stuart1966 2014-07-17 20:01:36 -0500 Report

No thanks…

Not a fan of UNNECESSARY pain… not ever! Tattoo no thanks. Anything that might, maybe be confused, or could be over looked. Not a good idea as the primary source of our ID. Bad, bad plan.

My "primitive" necklace, and wallet card combo have worked perfectly well for nearly 5 decades. I'll keep em ; ).

Bracelets, necklaces that COULD be confused as jewelry (ie pretty, bejeweled, gold, etc.) should not be used. Professionals likely check, the lay public, not likely…

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-17 13:54:49 -0500 Report

As a former Emergency Medical Technician who is still friends with paramedics, we were not trained to look for tattoos. The best thing is to carry a medic alert card in your wallet, and wear a bracelet. Tell friends you are out with that you are a diabetic. That way should something happen your care will be immediate.

Look at it this way, if the person has other tattoos, wearing heavy clothing a tattoo is not something they are going to look for. There are some really pretty bracelets and some you can dress up with charms.

jayabee52 2014-07-16 23:27:39 -0500 Report

Howdy Danyell
There have been numerous articles and discussions over the years on medical tattoos. You can read about them here ~

However, in a discussion from 2 yrs ago: ( ~ there was an exchange between Just joyce and lotsadogs "lotsadogs searching for tattoos is not in the SOP so a medic isn't going to search for one. The smart thing to do is have the bracelet made to fit properly and to carry a card. I wear bracelets and watches everyday and I never get them caught on any thing. If you are right handed wear the bracelet on the left wrist. I would not rely on a tattoo. Furthermore if the diabetic crashes his or her vehicle while having a crisis the last thing a medic is going to think about is a tattoo."

So if your idea is to adorn your body, have at it, but to effectively get a EMT or medic information vital to your well being when minutes or seconds matter, use what JJ suggests rather than rely upon a tat.

God's best to you


danyell1221 2014-07-16 23:33:54 -0500 Report

I've asked the EMTS around where I live an they are not training to look for tattoos in their training so are the first responders bc a number of people are getting medical tattoos
I wear my bracelet an carry my card always but it is also a extra percussion to take just in case bc there is always that chance

jayabee52 2014-07-16 23:39:50 -0500 Report

Have fun with decorating your body (probably doesn't need decoration IMHO) wouldn't the $$$ for a tat be better used elsewhere?

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