Temporary medical identification


Technology: MUSC inventors have created a temporary medical identification tattoo. The tattoo contains multiple patient identifiers, EMR linked to a barcode or QR code, and hospital logo. The signatures of the patient, healthcare personnel, and a witness can be placed on the tattoo to denote important directives for the patient’s treatment, such as “Do not resuscitate” or certain allergies. By placing the barcode on the patient via temporary tattoo, the opportunity for error in medication administration is reduced. Less trash is also generated as fewer labels are printed, fewer unrecyclable plastic wristbands are used, and there is less risk for PHI to go missing or be compromised. These medical identification tattoos could be used in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and psychiatric care facilities. Non-medical applications could be at schools, camps, or funparks for children to indicate allergies, emergency contact information, etc.



Overview: Medical identification bracelets used in the hospital often get in the way of care (IVs and restraints are often placed in their proximity), get picked at by fidgety patients and get lost. In the worst instances, the wrong band goes on the wrong patient, or a separate ID sticker is kept on the nurse’s cart and scanned when medications are given. Sometimes the stickers of other patients are accidentally scanned, making it seems a patient received a medication when they should or should not have. Similarly, there is a need to clearly and consistently identify a patient’s code status. Having a temporary tattoo with patient and physician initials indicates which code status option has been chosen. Additionally, by having the hospital logo and QR code or barcode on it, it serves to indicate that it is for THIS hospitalization and that the choice is current.

Applications: Hospital, Long-term care facilities, psychiatric care facilities, schools, camps, amusement parks



Placement - Tattoo is directly on patient skin to reduce error in medication administration

Less Trash - Fewer labels are printed and fewer plastic wristbands are used

Displays Patient Code Status - Indicates the patient and physician initials with code status, such as DNR


Key Words: temporary tattoo; patient identification; child identification


Inventors:       Shelly Ozark              


Patent Status:              US Provisional Patent Application 63/154,874 filed March 1, 2021       


MUSC-FRD Technology ID:       P21025


Licensing Status:        Available for Licensing!



Patent Information:
For Information, Contact:
Troy Huth
Assoc Director
MUSC Foundation for Research Development
Shelly Ozark
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