There's been a lot of press lately about an 80 year old woman who had "do not resuscitate" tattooed on her chest. This is a good idea, but it's too vague, since DNR only applies if a person's heart stops or they stop breathing. To eliminate any ambiguity, the following additional tattoos should also be considered:
"no artificial hydration or nutrition"
"no cardioversion for rapid atrial fibrillation"
"no intubation and mechanical ventilation for potentially reversible conditions"
"no pressors if hypotensive"
"no painful, high risk surgical procedures with a very low likelihood of success"
"...and no dialysis under any circumstances"
I will be getting the brand of my pacemaker or ICD. I will be getting the the bypass graft anatomy for any bypasses I have (LIMA to LAD, SVG to Diag, OM, PDA). That way it will be easy to cath or interrogate my device should I be found down.
Seems to me the tattoo process might kill you by the time you finish that tome.
This is sounding like the medical version of Prison Break.
Regards - Shinga
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