Flower power

Health & Nutrition - - HEALTH -

Don’t hes­i­tate to bring flow­ers when vis­it­ing a sick per­son in the hospi­tal for fear of health haz­ards. It’s a myth that flow­ers com­pete for pa­tients’ oxy­gen, and there’s no ev­i­dence that con­tam­i­nated flower water can cause hospi­tal in­fec­tions, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent ar­ti­cle in ‘BMJ’ (Bri­tish Med­i­cal Jour­nal). Nor do flow­ers pose any more risk to high-tech med­i­cal ma­chin­ery in the room than bed­side food and bev­er­ages. Still, many hos­pi­tals and wards for­bid or dis­cour­age flo­ral gifts, and if there are rules about this, you should fol­low them.

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