Medical Tattoos – More Alerting than MedBands?


Medical Tattoos are becoming more common today instead of wearing a standard medical alert bracelets.

According to Wikipedia: A Medical Tattoo is used to show the illness or allergic reaction one has. It can serve as a warning that a patient suffers from a chronic disease or as an aid in radiotherapy. Also, after mastectomy, tattooing is sometimes used to replace the areola.

Medical tattoos are useful to some people who cannot wear jewelry to their work or allergic to the metals used for it. Bracelets, necklaces and bands can be break or get lost.


The problem with medical tattoos is that they are designed for aesthetic reasons than medically alerting health care providers. Also, designs of medical tattoos vary, and there is no standard design for it.

Below are some interesting and creative uses of a medical tattoo.


 Hemophilia Type A


Diabetic and Insulin Dependent

Implanted Defibrillator

Don’t MRI

Penicillin Allergy


Matt Vera is a registered nurse with a bachelor of science in nursing since 2009 and is currently working as a full-time writer and editor for Nurseslabs. During his time as a student, he knows how frustrating it is to cram on difficult nursing topics. Finding help online is nearly impossible. His situation drove his passion for helping student nurses by creating content and lectures that are easy to digest. Knowing how valuable nurses are in delivering quality healthcare but limited in number, he wants to educate and inspire nursing students. As a nurse educator since 2010, his goal in Nurseslabs is to simplify the learning process, break down complicated topics, help motivate learners, and look for unique ways of assisting students in mastering core nursing concepts effectively.
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