Hi-I teach IV therapy at a local community college. A colleague called me from Louisiana. She received a question from her Nursing students that stumped me too. Neither of us could find information to answer these students and their question. The students were told by RNs in their clinical experience not to place IVs in or near tatoos. The reasoning of the RNs was that the IV would release the tatoo ink into the blood stream of the patient. This reasoning made no sense to me or my colleague. Isn't the ink a stain? My brother, the original Peck's bad boy, said that American tatoos are surface staining. The original method of tatoos used by the Japanese and Polynesians releases the ink into much deeper tissues. Doesn't answer the question but it's interesting insight. What do you guys say? Do you have references we can use? Both of us like this question since so
may men and women today are sporting tatoos.
Kathy Mohn-Las Vegas