In this section
In recognition of health and safety risks associated with latex balloons & balloons tied on lengths of strings, or on sticks/rods, latex balloons are prohibited throughout paediatric areas.
Where Mylar (foil) balloons are secured by lengths of string, the string shall be no longer than 30cms.
All hospital staff, volunteers, students, patients, and visitors.
Latex Balloons - balloons manufactured using rubber/latex
Balloons on strings - any inflated item attached to a length of string.
Balloons on stick/rods - any inflated item attached to a stick/rod.
Mylar Balloons - are balloons manufactured with foil.
All staff are to observe this procedure and ensure that families and visitors are supported in abiding by this procedure.
Occupational Therapist/Physiotherapist/Early Intervention Teacher may use latex balloons in therapy situations where no suitable alternative is available and where there is no known allergy latex.
Clinicians in this instance must ensure there is supervision at all times; that the child does not inflate the balloons, and that the balloon is not taken away from the treating area.
Department Heads/Unit Managers are to ensure the following procedures are adhered to in their Departments/Units.