Saturday, March 26, 2011


If the patient is wearing anything that looks unusual, may be jewelry, skin markings or tattoos, ear or tongue piercings, and any unusual objects, all of these needs to be assessed for religious or cultural practices. It will be helpful to note if these fall within the confines of his culture. Ask first!

Muslims wear a “taviz” – a black string with words of the Koran. It is best not to remove or get it wet.
Hindus wear many sacred threads or bangles.

Mexican children wear bits of red ribbons for luck and protection.

Roman Catholics wear or hold the Rosary beads or medallions.

Mediterranean individuals wear special charms on a chain.

Native Americans may carry medicine bundles.

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