The ins and outs of body piercing

AORN J. 2004 Feb;79(2):333-42; quiz 343-6. doi: 10.1016/s0001-2092(06)60609-1.


PATIENTS WITH BODY PIERCINGS present a challenge for today's perioperative nurses. The need to prepare these patients for surgery while promoting safety, preserving body image, and respecting cultural values has gone beyond the routine practice of jewelry removal. BODY ART (ie, tattooing, piercing) has been practiced by men, women, and children from ancient times to the present. It was used then, as it is now, for many purposes, including personal expression, rite of passage, and fashion trends. THE EXPANDING POPULARITY of body piercing increases the likelihood that patients will arrive for surgery with body jewelry in place. This article provides perioperative nurses with the proper tools to deliver culturally sensitive care to patients with body piercings.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Beauty Culture / history*
  • Cosmetic Techniques / adverse effects
  • Cosmetic Techniques / history*
  • Cosmetic Techniques / psychology
  • Cultural Characteristics*
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, Ancient
  • Humans
  • Perioperative Nursing* / methods
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative* / nursing
  • United States
  • Wounds, Penetrating / etiology
  • Wounds, Penetrating / nursing