FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – There’s a growing trend in medical alerts showing up in North Texas, replacing bracelets to alert paramedics.

Matt Zavadsky with Fort Worth’s Medstar EMS says medical tattoos are showing up in about one in every 100 patients.

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He says people are getting tattoos on their body to alert medics to potentially fatal issues, like diabetes or allergies.  One of the most dramatic tattoos, Zavadsky says, was a Do Not Resuscitate on a patient’s chest.

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He says medical tattoos can be a valuable tool.  One patient had a barcode of their social security number on their ankle.

Zavadsky says for typical medical issues, the tattoos are extremely useful, especially if the patient can’t communicate it to the paramedic.

He does add that the paramedics still require documentation beyond the tattoo.

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