Alternatives to Latex Balloons and Flowers in Hospitals, Healthcare Centers, and Private Practices
Hospitals and other health institutions are instilling new policies to ensure the safety of their patients. Their aim is to avoid hospital-acquired infections and the potential for in-hospital allergic reactions. The number one priority: tightening restrictions on gifts to patients.
No Balloons or Flowers Please!
Many hospitals throughout Canada and the United States are banning latex balloons and fresh flowers in an effort to reduce in-hospital health threats.
Hospital officials argue that blooms can spread germs and harmful bacteria and mold can grow in water from fresh cut flowers. Moreover, flowers and plants create more work for the already all-too busy nurses.
Latex balloons (and other natural latex products) are also being banned from hospitals. The reason is to avoid potential latex allergic reactions in patients, especially those suffering from spinal or bladder problems, or children having undergone several surgeries.
What is Latex Allergy
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), “an allergic reaction is an abnormal response of the immune system to a harmless substance”. When people have an over-sensitive immune system, their body can react to latex as if it where a harmful substance. Symptoms of an allergic reaction to latex can vary from itchy skin, runny nose, and hives, to more significant and dangerous reactions such as respiratory problems and anaphylatic shock.
Although, allergic reactions to latex are not common, it is appropriate for hospitals to take every measure to protect the safety of their patients.
What About the Get Well Wishes?
While safety precautions are welcomed , it has also been proven that patients’ surroundings can have a significant positive impact on their recovery. Moreover, many researchers agree that feelings of being socially and emotionally supported can have drastic positive implications on patient health and recovery. In other words, flowers and latex balloons can pose a threat to patients all the while bringing feelings of joy, warmth, and cheerfulness, which can ultimately become beneficial to patients’ health.
Mylar Balloons are the Perfect Alternatives to Latex Balloons and Flowers
Made from foil or polyethylene terephthalate (PET), Mylar balloons are not known to cause any allergic reactions, and are therefore not banned from hospitals or healthcare centers. Just remember to replace balloon strings with cups and sticks for patients in psychiatric and pediatric wards. Their vibrancy and colorful attributes will bring cheerfulness and joy to any atmosphere.
Bring on the Energy
Mylar balloons are remarkably durable. With a propensity to deflate at a much slower rate than latex balloons, foil balloons are perfect bedside companions that will last several days. Plus, they are 100% recyclable!
Healthcare Centers and Private Practices Are Following Suit
Healthcare centers and private medical practices are also adopting the no latex balloons or flowers policies. There is currently a growing trend of private practices, such as dental offices, private medical centers, and surgery or wellness clinics, using custom Mylar balloons as in-clinic advertisement or to distribute as promotional giveaways.
It is important for patients to feel loved and supported. Mylar balloons are the better alternative to latex balloons, flowers and plants!