Should medical tattoos be standardized? Dickey’s body doesn’t produce enough insulin, the hormone that converts carbohydrates into glucose. Hoping that a pain free option for testing glucose concentration — unless, of course, the results require a shot of insulin — would encourage diabetics to more thoroughly regulate their condition, graduate student Amay Bandodkar and his colleagues at the University of California, San Diego, set to work printing electrodes on tattoo paper. Philippe Aumond and Camille Boivin got an insulin pump tattooed on their abdomens to show that they are “forever linked” to their son Jacob, who has Type 1 diabetes. Strano and Barone’s sensing system consists of a “tattoo” of nanoparticles designed to detect glucose, injected below the skin. I will never be able to take it off or lose it. Future efforts are aimed at ironing out technical issues, such as how to power the sensor and wireless communication, and eventually conducting a large-scale glucose monitoring study.
EMT’s are trained to find these types of symbols or notifications on arms, necks and legs so these tattoos must be in visible places, which bothers some people. Data from this wider population could help researchers learn more about the causes and potential prevention of diabetes, which affects hundreds of millions of people and is one of the leading causes of death and disability worldwide. Here is one by our own, Milo, for a client with Type 2 diabetes written in a clear location by the wrist for medic identification with a beautiful piece of art to accompany the info. The tattooed skin of the adolescent’s upper chest looked normal.