"Plants in hospital wards"
About: Royal Gwent Hospital Royal Gwent Hospital Newport NP20 2UB
Posted by HarryS (as ),
I was asked to take back the orchid I brought in for my wife - because it was allegedly an infection risk. So I took the liberty of looking up the research on the issue and found this at the top of the search results:
http: //bji. sagepub. com/content/6/3/18. short? rss=1&ssource=mfc
The abstract concludes:
"Although the water in which flowers stand can become a reservoir of potentially pathogenic bacteria, there is no evidence that they have ever caused hospital-acquired infection and simple precautions can be taken to reduce potential risks. Banning flowers from general wards is not popular with the public and is unnecessary according to the evidence available. "
I trust this policy will now be reversed