81-year old woman tattoos “Do Not Resuscitate” (D.N.R.) on her chest just to make sure.
September 9, 2011 by lawmrh
Joy Tomkins and her tattoo.
Leaving nothing to chance, an elderly British woman has tattooed the acronym “D.N.R.” (Do Not Resuscitate) on her chest. On her back she has tattooed, “P.T.O.,” for “Please turn over.” See Elderly person gets “Do Not Resuscitate” tattoo – Boing Boing
A “DNR” is an order intended to respect the wishes of a hospitalized patient to not undergo CPR, intubation or some other form of advanced life support if, for example, the patient’s heart stops or they stop breathing.
In Nevada, as in other states, the Secretary of State has a tad less invasive option, a Living Will Lock Box, which is the online repository maintained by the Secretary of State’s office. At no cost to the individual, a copy of a person’s advance directive is “kept confidentially and readily available to you and your health care provider, when needed, 24-7.”
A revenue opportunity?
But are states missing a potential revenue opportunity? With the popularity of tattoos, could Joy Tomkins’ idea cause states to also offer to tattoo “D.N.R.” or similar “Living Will” instructions on their residents?
In economically hard-up Arizona
with all its sun-baked retirees and a budget-strapped legislature that recently authorized charging $25 for prison visits,
you never know what a knuckle-headed pol
may come up with.
Or ‘value added’ lawyer services?
But even if government resists the entrepreneurial opportunity, might not an enterprising and equally hard-up lawyer partner with one of those so-called “value added” client service, electronic document storage providers to do the same? After all, some lawyers already charge clients a ducat or two for this electronic document storage “service.”
But then the storage provider would have to agree to redefine “added value” to include a needle, wife-beater
tee-shirt and tattoo ink. Or heck, lawyers might just decide to take up tattooing as adjuncts to their practices.
Or the way technology is going, why not just skip the tattoo altogether? Why not just slap on an advanced medical directive “QR“ mobile bar code on the skin? With increasingly improved storage capabilities, ubiquitous smart phones and hungry profit-motives galore, I can see it now – – – especially on foreheads not chests.
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