Doctors would ignore DNR tattoo

Three-quarters of doctors would ignore a 'DNR' tattoo and proceed to resuscitate a patient in an emergency situation, an Australian Doctor poll has found.

A total of 54% would resuscitate the patient and only stop if a properly documented DNR directive was found, the online survey of 564 respondents found.

A further 19% said they would resuscitate the patient but would stop if a relative confirmed their DNR status.

However, 27% said they would observe the tattoo and avoid resuscitating the patient altogether.

The figures come amid debate over the trend for medical tattoos, with emergency physician Dr Clare Skinner recently saying they posed an ethical and legal challenge for doctors.

Australian Defence Forces personnel have also said medical tattoos are strongly discouraged, despite being common among soldiers.

Poll Results: What would you do faced with a DNR tattoo in an emergency situation?

I would not resuscitate the patient 27%
I would resuscitate the patient but would stop if the DNR as confirmed by a relative 19%
I wold resuscitate the patient and only stop if a properly documented DNR directive was found 54%