Medical professionals have called for the end of helium being used in party balloons


Balloons filled with helium have been deemed ‘a waste’ by medical professionals who have plead to for an end to the gas being used in this way – due to fears of it running out.

The British Medical Association (BMA) has called to an end of its ‘frivolous’ use in balloons – supporting its conservation for medical uses in MRI machines and as Heliox (a helium/oxygen mix used to aid breathing).

Speaking at the BMA annual conference in Liverpool, anaesthetist Dr. Tom Dolphin said using helium in balloons was a ‘colossal waste’ of the element.

“This invaluable, irreplaceable gas is being literally handed to children in balloons so they can be entertained for a few minutes until they get bored and let go,” he told the conference.

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