Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) has been the most commonly used polymer in the production of plastic hospital products because of its cost effectiveness, flexibility, and optical properties. Two concerns have been raised about the safety of PVC:
Both dioxin and DEHP have been identified by the EPA as probable carcinogens and possible endocrine disrupters.
Products using PVC in the hospital include:
|basins||hemodialysis equipment||patient i.d. bracelets|
|bedpans||inflatable splints||respiratory therapy products|
|blood bags||IV containers||stationery supplies|
|drip chambers||medical gloves||thermal blankets|
|enteral feeding devices||packaging|
Health Care Without Harm's web site has more information on PVC & Medical Products.