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Legalizing POLST / DNR by Tattoo

A bill before the Maine Legislature would effectively authorize a POLST or DNR order in the form of a tattoo.

“A person licensed to provide emergency medical treatment may not start resuscitation on a person requiring emergency medical treatment when an order not to resuscitate is presented in the following form as an indelible mark on the chest of the person requiring emergency medical treatment: “DNR NO CPR.”

The idea has been discussed for some time, by some of the most distinguished medical ethics scholars.  

The most eloquent defense (and use) is by Casey Quinlan.  A QR code is probably the best way.  First, it permits the content of the orders to change.  Second, it can link not only to paper forms but also to patient video.

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