No Latex Policy
The use of latex in hospitals across the country is a health and safety issue to patients, visitors and staff. Latex products are made from a milky fluid derived from the rubber tree. The powder in latex products, which makes the latex become airborne, most often causes latex allergy. Individuals sensitive to latex experience skin redness, hives or itching. They may also experience runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, scratchy throat and asthma.
Susquehanna Health has made the commitment to become a latex-safe environment. As a result, we have discontinued the use of latex examination gloves at the patient's bedside. Currently our employees use synthetic gloves.
We also no longer permit latex balloons into our facilities. We hope you understand the importance of this goal and ask for your support. Please note that Mylar balloons do not fall into this category, as they do not contain latex.