The Stupid Heart Rhythms project documents and spreads and awareness of the bad and wrong cardiac rhythms ubiquitous in modern day advertising. If you are using an EKG to shamelessly pimp your health related cause, you should at least take the time to do it right.
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Monday, March 30, 2015
Bad EKG Tattoos
I feel so bad for people who get bad EKG tattoos. So many paramedic students who are excited about their new chosen career path decide to express their enthusiasm by getting an EMS tattoo. The mistake they make is getting the tattoo before they go through the EKG module. A guy I worked with made that mistake while in medic school. It was a big giant anatomical heart with a bunch of thick, black squiggly lines wrapping around his wrist in a nonsense rhythm. Then he took ACLS...
I thought this one was really interesting. It actually seems to show a STEMI on monitor paper with lots of crazy ectopy. I suppose that's cool if that's what you're going for.
There's no way this fire fighter is removing this tattoo with anything short of a machete.
This one must be on a student. So sad. A-fib with frequent multifocal PVCs? QRS looks wide too.
No it doesn't.
You don't often see people with seismograph tattoos. This one documents the 1981 St. Helens eruption.
If you are thinking about getting an EKG tattoo, you first either need to start or stop doing drugs. Then email your design to me at drew[dot]rinella[at]gmail.com so I can help you avoid looking like the your tattoo artist was having an epileptic fit.