This story came across in my email. Is this a legal document or a night out and getting drunk then going for a tattoo? FYI. 323_0001646031&sha1hashlower=57a5db96ff26e3d8c793c 675c49eaff3c5b79efa&md5hash=2024d73e3bf17a6faaa031 d4e4479f5c

This Guy's 'Do Not Resuscitate' Tattoo Stumped an Entire Hospital
A man was admitted to an ER with ink that raised some serious legal questions

By Danielle Zickl December 1, 2017
New England Journal of Medicine

Florida, we love you, but weird things have been known to happen in your state. There's been a 10-hour
kangaroo chase, a stabbing over mac and cheese and beer, and a strip club that offered free flu shots to name just a few. (Okay, that last one actually seems pretty helpful, but you get the point.) Most recently, an unresponsive man was admitted to a Florida hospital emergency room with a "Do Not Resuscitate" tattoo on his chest, leaving doctors extremely confused at how to proceed.

According to Gizmodo, the word "not" was underlined on the tattoo and the man's signature was inked beneath. It may seem like a pretty straightforward thing but doctors initially thought they should ignore the unidentified man's request since a tattoo isn't a legitimate legal document, even if it appears that it was designed to send an explicit message.

According to the case report, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, "paramedics brought an unconscious 70-year-old man with a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes mellitus, and atrial fibrillation to the emergency department, where he was found to have an elevated blood alcohol level."

There were no family or friends present when the man was admitted, and he had no identification on him either.

"We initially decided not to honor the tattoo, invoking the principle of not choosing an irreversible path when faced with uncertainty," the authors of the report wrote. "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."

Credits and photo:, New England Journal of Medicine.