About This Site

The Health Care Tattoos database contains tattoo ideas which have been vetted by a paramedic for medical accuracy. Don't ink something onto your body forever without first knowing for certain what it means. Browse this site for tattoo ideas, and submit photos of your medical tattoos for the benefit of others to healthcaretattoos@gmail.com.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

About This Site

My first post at stupidheartrhythms.blogspot.com

Hello, my name is Drew Rinella. I am a paramedic with a special pet peeve: bad EKGs. Several years ago I began a crusade against bad and wrong EKGs used in advertising in a blog at https://stupidheartrhythms.blogspot.com. In the process of making fun of some bad EKG tattoos, I accidentally stumbled into discovering that there is great interest in this topic.

I welcomed people to begin emailing me for EKG tattoo consulting. Simply, I would let them know if their EKG drawing was accurate or inaccurate, and help them determine which part of their EKGs would look best for something they intend to etch into their flesh forever.

In doing so, I found that most people do not get these tattoos on a whim as I had originally thought; these tattoos have deep meaning to heir owners. Quite often a child or other loved one has died, and the person I am speaking with wishes to be tattooed with their memory. I have been touched by so many people and their heart breaking stories from all over the world in these past years that I felt a calling to create a database of good and medically accurate tattoo ideas for people to browse through.

I still provide tattoo consulting free of charge at healthcaretattoos@gmail.com. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any question relevant to obtaining medically accurate tattoos. If in the case I don't know the answer, I will do my best to find that information for you. I must provide this disclaimer that I cannot provide medical advice to you, and no patient/provider relationship may be established through this free service. Please scrub all identifying information from any photos you send me, and please don't use full names when describing medical conditions to ensure your anonymity is maximized. Please remember that emails can be and are intercepted by third parties, especially if you are writing to me from outside the US, and that any unencrypted information can be read by others no differently than reading a post card.

To submit photos of your own health care tattoos to be included in the database for the benefit of others, please email them to healthcaretattoos@gmail.com with a note that I have permission to post them to the database. It is also helpful to know if I may or may not use your name for photo credit.

If you are an artist wishing to sell your health care tattoo art through this site, email me at the above address.

Thank you for reading,

Street Anatomy I

Found at Street Anatomy

This anatomical heart tattoo was found over at streetanatomy.com. It shows a dissected heart complete with appropriate vessels and internal structures. Clearly visible are the aorta, pulmonary artery, vena cava, atria, ventricles, valves, and cordae tendinae. Street Anatomy has a number of excellent medical tattoos; I encourage you to go check it out.

Tips: It is a myth that the heart is physically located in the left side of the chest. The heart is located in the center of the chest beneath the sternum, and the large left ventricle hangs off to the left side. Here is a labeled x-ray from "Blogging For Your Noggin" to illustrate the heart's anatomical location:

Found at Blogging For Your Noggin

For free health care tattoo consulting, or to submit photos of your own tattoos to be displayed on this site for the benefit of others searching for tattoo ideas, email healthcaretattoos@gmail.com

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Heart Burn

Seen at www.tattrx.com

This tattoo amalgamates an accurate heart rhythm (sinus rhythm) along with an anatomical heart and flames. The EKG heartbeats march out perfectly all the way through past the part of the rhythm hidden behind the heart, and the heart itself appears to be more or less anatomically correct, despite it being drawn in "They Live" style.

Tips: Eyeballing this heart rate, it may be either slightly lower than normal, or on the low end of normal. The QT interval also appears a bit long. These are incredibly minor and forgivable issues considering the limitless number of bad EKG tattoos out there. When in doubt, ask a health care provider who routinely reads and interprets EKGs.

For free health care tattoo consulting, or to submit photos of your own tattoos to be displayed on this site for the benefit of others searching for tattoo ideas, email healthcaretattoos@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

So Others May Live

Submitted by Chelsea Cibelli

This tattoo pairs a medically accurate sinus rhythm EKG with an italicized expression commonly associated with the emergency services.

Tips: To ensure perfect medical accuracy, ask your artist to keep all P waves equal in shape and low in amplitude.  Also make sure your QRS complexes are proportioned with the remainder of the EKG (This is a difficult thing to eyeball on skin without the luxury of EKG paper grid lines. When in doubt, ask a paramedic, nurse, or doctor who frequently reads and interprets EKGs.). For more information on creating accurate EKG tattoos, check out the Sinus Rhythm EKG Primer by clicking here.

For free health care tattoo consulting, or to submit photos of your own tattoos to be displayed on this site for the benefit of others searching for tattoo ideas, email healthcaretattoos@gmail.com