For the safety of our patients, visitors and staff at our hospitals and clinics, SIH will adopt a latex balloon ban on May 1, 2017.
While many patient care areas have had latex-free zones in place for quite some time, growing concerns involving latex balloon allergies and exposures prompted this formal, system wide change. Latex balloons contain a powder that can cause a severe, even life-threatening, allergic reaction in some people.
Those at highest risk for latex allergy* are:
- Children born with spina bifida
- Individuals who have had multiple surgeries
- Work exposures
- People allergic to bananas, avocados, kiwi, chestnuts, apple, carrot, celery, papaya, potatoes, tomatoes and melons
We encourage anyone sending or bringing gifts to patients or staff to select gift items other than latex balloons. Mylar balloons, which are filled with helium, are a safe alternative.
*Source: Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) More information at www.aafa.org