Doctors Question The Validity Of A “Do Not Resuscitate” Order Via A Tattoo
Doctors in Florida faced a pretty serious dilemma when a 70-year-old patient was admitted to hospital with a “do not resuscitate” tattoo. The man was unconscious and has no identification, so no family or friends could be reached. This “do not resuscitate” tattoo could have been gotten when the patient was drunk, or maybe they got it 40 years ago and don’t feel the same now–either way, there’s a bunch of reasons as to why the doctors were reluctant to simply follow the supposed order.
One doctor who worked on the patient commented on how the staff ended up proceeding, saying, “We initially decided not to honor the tattoo, invoking the principle of not choosing an irreversible path when faced with uncertainty. This decision left us conflicted owing to the patient’s extraordinary effort to make his presumed advance directive known…After reviewing the patient’s case, the ethics consultants advised us to honor the patient’s do not resuscitate (DNR) tattoo. They suggested that it was most reasonable to infer that the tattoo expressed an authentic preference.”
So in the end, the doctors ended up honoring the tattoo and ultimately not resuscitating the 70-year-old. The patient did end up passing away.
Many people were baffled by the story and sent their input on whether or not doctors should honor the validity of a tattoo when it comes to life or death–the opinions are a mixed bag. Check out the responses to this confusing moral dilemma below.
Genuinely curious, what do people think about this?
— я машина (@redski_husky) December 3, 2017
As a paramedic, a tattoo is not a legal ‘do not resuscitate’ order. I would be ethically bound to treat him. If I didn’t, I would be liable and guilty of professional negligence. Please, if you don’t want to be resuscitated, look into the laws of your state for doing so.
— Mia Catania (@MiaACatania) December 2, 2017
The latest guest to make their way to The Breakfast Club is the lovely Erykah Badu. She came through to talk about her hilarious clap back moments online, which goes into making her online persona different than her in real life. She also talks about how important it is to create moments on stage, and about her gig hosting the Sou Train Awards.
Denzel Washington Is Curious About One Of Drake’s Tattoos
Denzel Washington was on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and it seems that he was never previously made aware of Drake’s tattoo of his face. Back in September, the Toronto rapper got his face prominently tattooed among some other good company on his body–like Lil Wayne and Sade–and it appears Jimmy Fallon just showed Washington for the first time.
Not only was Denzel excited and confused about seeing the tattoo, but he was also made curious about where exactly on Drake’s body the tattoo sits. The actor’s initial response to seeing the tattoo: “That’s crazy.”
His car does not look to have been blocking anyone in their parking spaces and was out the way. All my mans gotta do is call the police or his insurance… Granny is crazy and doesn’t give a damn, though. LOL
Who do you all think is on the right?
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Nicki Minaj Visits Brother For First Time Since Rape Conviction
Nicki Minaj has made his first visit to the penitentiary to lay eyes on her brother, Jelani Maraj, since he was found guilty of raping his stepdaughter.
According to TMZ, Nicki hasn’t been close to Jelani since he was charged earlier this year. Sources say the only reason Nicki went to see him was because her mother insisted they go.
Jelani is set to be sentenced next month and he’s facing up to 25 years in prison.
Sounds like Onika doesn’t want to give the SLIGHTEST impression that she’s down with Jelani’s predatory behavior.
Can’t blame her.