Please leave all latex balloons at home. If you bring latex balloons into the hospital, the staff will ask you to please leave them in the car. If you reach the patient area with the balloons, the nursing staff will politely ask you to remove them from the hospital. This policy is to protect our patients and staff that may have a latex allergy. The ban is not meant to discourage well wishers, but latex allergy is a serious health risk. Mylar (foil type) balloons are permitted.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) provides a list of latex safe products. For additional information, call 1-800-35-NIOSH or visit the NIOSH Home Page on the World Wide Web.
This material is not a substitute for medical care by your doctor or other health care provider. If your doctor recommends additional or different information, follow his or her advice.