Banned From the Hospital ... What Not to Give

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Due to concerns about infections, most intensive care units do not allow flowers. (KFSN)

Weapons, drugs, alcohol are all things that we know are banned from many places, including hospitals. However, hospitals might also be banning some popular get-well-soon gifts. Here are some things that may pose an unexpected threat to some patients.

Due to concerns about infections, most intensive care units do not allow flowers. Fresh, dried, and artificial flowers are also banned from some nurseries, delivery areas, orthopedic wings, and transplant and cancer patient rooms. Flowers can also pose a slip and fall risk if water spills.

They may bring joy to many kids but some hospitals are banning latex balloons from pediatric units due to possible latex allergies. Also how about stuffed animals? Nope. Sewn-on buttons and beads on these unwelcomed visitors are potential choking hazards.

Plants may be banned as well. It is recommended that plants be kept away from patients with compromised immune systems because the plant may harbor mold.

So, what can be given as a gift? Try cards and books. But to be on the safe side, it may be a good idea to check a hospital's visitor policy beforehand.

Food can also pose a problem due to a roommate having food allergies or dietary restrictions. Most children's hospitals do not allow food gifts without prior approval.
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