Medical Alert tattoos Becoming More Popular Among the Aging
Medical alert bracelets have always been popular among people with diabetes, illnesses, or those that do not want to be resuscitated. Now, because bracelets and other medical alert jewelry are simply not enough to express wishes about dying moments and medical attention needed, many of the aging population are choosing to get medical alert tattoos instead. Many of these elderly getting these tattoos say that often times, they do not remember to put on their medical alert bracelets, or their wrists are too swollen from diabetes or water weight from various medications to put a bracelet on.
Many of these special tattoos have been saving lives or giving someone their dying wishes. In most states, there is no law against going against someone’s dying wishes in an emergency situation. So even though it is expressed in a person’s will, an EMT or civilian helper can still save your life against your will or ineffectively without knowing medical conditions that could change the type of treatments administered.
People with diabetes have to be especially careful when getting a tattoo because healing takes longer and requires well-controlled blood sugar. Diabetics tend to have thinner blood and will bleed more than the average person getting a tattoo will.
Most first responders are not trained to look for tattoos and accidents can alter a tattoo from its original state. Because of this, a medical alert bracelet or other piece of jewelry is still the standard in keeping responders alert to any medical issues that need knowing.