The Case Against DEHP

Posted on 12. May, 2011 by in Environmental Health, Green Healthcare, Healthcare Consulting, Sustainability, Sustainability in Healthcare, Toxic Exposure

Our mission as healthcare providers is to restore and safeguard health.  Indeed, the Hippocratic Oath is to “help, or at least do no harm.”  How then, can we continue to use products with toxins and chemicals that are known to adversely affect human health? 

Di-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) is a petroleum byproduct found in certain plastics.  Exposure to DEHP has been linked to cancer, infertility (especially in males), endocrine disruption, early on-set puberty, hyperactivity and birth defects.  Healthcare products which may contain DEHP:  IV bags and tubing, umbilical artery catheters, nasogastric tubes, blood bags and tubing, peritoneal dialysis bags and tubing, and tubing used in cardiopulmonary bypass, ECMO, and dialysis procedures. 

 Before delivering the next bag of fluids to our most vulnerable patients, especially newborns, don’t walk, RUN to your materials coordinator / Value Analysis Committee and ASK if DEHP is present in the delivery products.  DEHP-free alternatives are available:  http://www.noharm.org/lib/downloads/pvc/Alternatives_to_PVC_DEHP.pdf

Your patients thank you and I thank you!

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