When patients and their families first arrive to the hospital after a burn injury, they may experience some level of cultural shock and cultural sensitivity even when they are from the same community.
These cultural differences may be stressful to the patients and their families and may limit their ability to participate in the healing process. The staff of the burn team is usually trained to handle these situations and can help with meeting the cultural, spiritual and religious needs of the patient and his/her family. When a treatment plan is made for the patient, cultural traditions can be addressed and incorporated into the plan to facilitate the healing process.
If you or your family has any questions or any concerns regarding a cultural issue, you should speak with the staff as they are there to help you and your family.