Beloved Flower Lover,
Recently we were asked to deliver flowers to a clients mother in a London hospital had to tell the client that hospitals have a policy against bedside flowers. What’s behind this policy, and is it reasonable?
We decided to research this and found an interesting response from the Harvard Medical School which says:
The main worry is infection. Flowers harbor bacteria, and so does the water in a vase. But the presence of bacteria does not automatically translate into the risk of infection. Bacteria, after all, are everywhere; in fact, the human body is home to 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells. Most of these microbes are quite wimpy and pose little risk to healthy individuals. But some hospitalized patients are particularly vulnerable. That’s why fresh flowers are typically excluded from the rooms of patients with impaired immune systems. (Harvard Medical School 2012)
This makes sense to us, and we hope that helps you to think about this.
The London Flower Lover