Medical Tattoos

There are many people that understand the need for medical ID jewelry, but just do not want to wear a necklace or bracelet. Because of issues like this, some creative solutions have come about including the medical tattoo such as the diabetes tattoos shown below:

diabetes tattoo





diabetic tattoo


The trend of medical tattoos has been around for a while, but has never become too popular for several reasons:

  1. Permanence – Conditions change. You can recover or your condition could morph into another classification, but a tattoo is very expensive and painful to change.
  2. Branding – For a medical tattoo to be seen it must be large and in a recognizable spot – like your left wrist where pulse is normally checked. This placement makes it easy for everyone to see what your condition is, which is what many try to stray away from.
  3. Amount of Information – On an engraved medical ID you can fit a variety of information, from medical conditions and allergies to contact information with a small charm or plate. However with a tattoo, the more information you need to share the larger the area of arm covered in ink.

Last, and most important:

  • Recognition by Medical Professionals – Medical ID jewelry is the gold standard for medical professionals to look for. While checking vitals it is quickly seen and used for the diagnosis and treatment. Although medical tattoos have been around for awhile, they have never been the standard and will often be missed in an emergency with a passing glance, or thought to be a form of body art instead of life saving information.  If you do decide on a medical tattoo, make sure you plan a tattoo design that puts your alert on your wrist so that it can be seen more easily like in the first image above.

If you are considering a medical tattoo, think about other options before making this permanent decision. Some great choices include, a medical bracelet,  or a sportband.

About Amanda Beck

Amanda Beck writes for American Medical ID on a variety of topics relating to health care and healthy living, especially for those whose medical conditions warrant an emergency ID.