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Hospitals take cultural sensitivity seriously
Los Angeles Times

In 20 years as a nurse practitioner, Ann Cho found herself preventing a false child-abuse claim — because a bruise on a baby was a “Mongolian spot” common to Asian babies — and explaining to health care workers why a new mother wouldn’t take a shower — because of a Korean belief that teeth and bones are weak after childbirth.

Routinely, she would inform doctors and fellow health care workers at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where she now works, and at other area hospitals about customs and beliefs unique to Koreans.