Before you send hospital patients well-wishes, check whether they'll actually receive them. That's right — even the most thoughtful gift might not make it through hospital doors, the reports.
Whether the sentiment is "Get Well Soon" or "Congratulations," medical centers across the country are banning flowers and balloons due to possible infections or allergies. Intensive-care units, operating rooms and the like have followed this rule for decades, but more areas are now facing restrictions, such as pediatrics and labor and delivery units. Yep, even an "It's a Girl!" balloon won't fly.
While about one in every 25 hospital patients contracts a healthcare-related infection every day, there hasn't been a single demonstrated case with a bouquet as the source. In fact, the reports there's "minimal or no evidence" suggesting an increased risk of infection from nearby flowers or plants. , however, that blooms can help patients recover more easily.
Despite the existing information, the hospitals in question are acting with their patients' health in mind. (Especially as allergies to latex, a material in some balloons, can be common in .) The next time you decide to send or bring a gift, don't forget to read up on their policy. A thoughtfully written card might just do the trick instead.