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Bedding Products
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Bedding Covers
 
Precision Dynamics Corporation
800-847-0670
http://www.pdcorp.com
 
  • Mark Clark(R) Product Line: Disposable pillow covers, mattress covers, draw sheets
     
  • Made of plastyne (2 mil polyethylene)
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Children's Medical Ventures Gel Mattresses and Pillows
 
Children's Medical Ventures
800-377-3449
http://www.childmed.com
 
  • Gel-filled mattress, pillows and positioning aids made with polyurethane
     
  • Products are designed for use with preemies
     
  • Products include Gel Donut(TM), Wedgie(TM, Squishon(R) and Squishon(TM) Mattress
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
LDI Enviro-CoverTM
 
LDI Corporation
Josh Dame
Vice President
866-332-0700
http://www.LDISolutions.com
 
  • PVC-free mattress protector is made of 10-mil polyolefin
     
  • Contoured with elastic, fitted corners
     
  • Waterproof opaque white cover has an absorbent soaker pad
     
 
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Blood Bags
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Baxter Blood Bags
 
Baxter Healthcare Corporation
Fenwal Division
800-766-1077
http://www.baxter.com
 
  • Polyolefin bags for platelets, platelet rich plasma and fresh frozen plasma
     
  • Non-DEHP PVC bags for packed red blood cells. (This product line offers no alternative to PVC bags at this time)
     
  • The SHP thanks Health Care Without Harm for identifying these products
     
 
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Body Bags
Product & Manufacturer Comments
EnviroMed-BagTM
 
LDI Corporation
Josh Dame
Vice President
866-332-0700
http://www.LDISolutions.com
 
  • PVC-free body bags are made of polyolefin film
     
  • Appropriate for cremation, forensic, and hospital applications
     
  • Burns clean during cremation or incineration
     
  • Lighter weight than PVC (vinyl) bags and three times as strong
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
ICP Medical Body Bags
 
ICP Medical
314-429-1000
http://www.icpproducts.com
 
  • Heavy duty polyethylene body bags
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Tri-State Hospital Supply Corp. PEVA Body Bags
 
Tri-State Hospital Supply Corporation
800-248-4058
http://www.tshsc.com
 
  • Body bags are made of PEVA, a mixture of EVA and polyethylene that contains no chlorine or plasticizers
     
  • Body bags are made from 7 or 8 mil material. Disaster transport bag made of durable 20 mil laminate with 6 side handles.
     
  • PEVA bags were tested and approved by BSMI (Bureau of Standards, Metrology, and Inspection) and MOEA (Ministry of Economic Affairs)
     
 
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Catheters
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Arrow International NeoCareŽ Pediatric Products
 
Arrow International - NeoCare Division
800-523-8446
http://www.neocare.com
 
  • Arrow International offers the NeoCareŽ line of pediatric products. NeoCareŽ products do not contain DEHP. With the exception of the Urinary Drainage Kit (UDK), NeoCareŽ does not have any products made out of PVC. The tubing on the UDK burette assembly is purchased as DEHP-free PVC. None of the NeoCareŽ catheters contain any PVC components and thus no DEHP.

     
  • Neonatal products include:
    Silicone enteral feeding tubes
    Silicone and polyurethane umbilical catheters Silicone urinary drainage kits

     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
B-D Catheters
 
Becton Dickinson
201-847-6800
http://www.bd.com
 
  • Polyurethane and silicone peripherally-inserted central catheter, midline catheter
     
  • The SHP thanks Health Care Without Harm for identifying these products
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
B. Braun Catheters
 
B. Braun McGaw, Inc.
IV Products
800-227-2862
http://www.bbraunusa.com
 
  • Polyurethane or teflon percutaneous catheter introducers
     
  • Polyurethane or teflon central venous catheter, introcan safety catheter
     
  • Polyamylite nylon epidural vessel catheter
     
  • The SHP thanks Health Care Without Harm for identifying these products
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Bard Urethral Catheters
 
Bard Medical Division
800-526-4455
http://www.bardmedical.com
 
  • Polyurethane urethral catheter for pediatrics
     
  • The SHP thanks Health Care Without Harm for identifying this product
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Degania Catheters
 
Degania Silicone
401-658-0130
http://www.deganiasilicone.com
 
  • Silicone catheters: Foley catheter, peritoneal catheter, thoracic catheter, nephrostomy catheter (may fit neonates)
     
  • The SHP thanks Health Care Without Harm for identifying these products
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Utah Medical Catheters
 
Utah Medical Products, Inc.
800-533-4984
http://utahmed.com
 
  • Polyurethane or silicone umbilical vessel catheters
     
  • Silicone peripherally-inserted central catheter
     
  • The SHP thanks Health Care Without Harm for identifying these products
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Vygon Catheters
 
Vygon
800-544-4907
http://www.vygonusa.com
 
  • Polyurethane umbilical vessel catheter, ECC catheter, and PremiCath(R) for parenteral nutrition and mid/long-term IV therapy
     
  • Silicone neonatal catheter
     
  • The SHP thanks Health Care Without Harm for identifying these products
     
 
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Dialysis
Product & Manufacturer Comments
B. Braun Peritoneal Dialysis Solution
 
B. Braun McGaw, Inc.
Dialysis Products
800-621-0445
http://www.bbraunusa.com
 
  • Dialyte(R) peritoneal dialysis solution is available in non-PVC, non-DEHP plastic containers
     
 
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Electrodes
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Kendall ECG Electrodes
 
Kendall-LTP
800-962-9888
http://www.kendall-ltp.com
 
  • The following Kendall electrodes are PVC-free and latex-free. More information on these electrodes can be found at: www.kendall-ltp.com/meditr01
     
  • BioTac(R) Ultra Foam & Tape adult conductive adhesive gel ECG electrodes
     
  • Medi-Trace(R) SF450 Foam adult conductive adhesive gel ECG electrodes
     
  • Radiolucent adult conductive adhesive gel ECG electrodes
     
  • Excel (TM) foam (reorder #31452389) and Excel(TM) cloth (reorder # ES40025) diagnostic ECG electrodes
     
  • Care(R) series (description CA 610 Reorder # 41447793)
     
 
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Enteral Feeding Products
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Bard Pediatric Feeding Tube
 
Bard Access
800-545-0890
http://www.bardaccess.com
 
  • Silicone nasogastric feeding tubes
     
  • The SHP thanks Health Care Without Harm for identifying this product
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
CORPAK CORFLO Neonatal and Pediatric Feeding Tubes
 
CORPAK MedSystems
800-323-6305
http://www.corpakmedsystems.com
 
  • Made from polyurethane and contains no DEHP
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
CORPAK Polar Feeding Bag & Pump Set
 
CORPAK MedSystems
800-323-6305
http://www.corpakmedsystems.com
 
  • Made from EVA and contains no DEHP
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Kendall Argyle(R) Indwell Feeding Tubes
 
Kendall-LTP
800-669-1009
http://www.kendall-ltp.com
 
  • Polyurethane Feeding tube remains flexible for prolonged use
     
 
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Gloves
Examination Gloves
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Allegiance Flexam Nitrile Examination Glove®
 
Allegiance Healthcare Corporation
800-964-5227
http://www.allegiance.net
 
  • Gloves are made of nitrile synthetic rubber
     
  • Available powder-free
     
  • Vendor reports that Flexam nitrile exam gloves meet ASTM F1671 viral penetration test for bloodborne pathogen resistance
     
  • Vendor has not reported to SHP on barrier resistance of these gloves to other chemicals using ASTM test methods
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Ansell-Perry Nitra-Tex(TM) and Nitra-Touch(R) Exam Gloves
 
Ansell-Perry
800-321-9752
http://www.ansellhealthcare.com
 
  • Gloves are made of nitrile rubber
     
  • Available powder-free
     
  • Vendor has not reported to SHP on barrier resistance to bloodborne pathogens using ASTM test methods
     
  • Vendor has not reported to SHP on barrier resistance to chemicals using ASTM test methods
     
  • Special feature: Nitra-Tex exam glove has textured wet-grip surface
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Best N-DEX(R) and Accelerator-free Nitri-Care(R) Exam Gloves
 
Best Manufacturing Company
800-241-0323
http://www.bestglove.com
 
  • Gloves are made of nitrile rubber
     
  • Available powder-free
     
  • Vendor reports that gloves have passed ASTM F1671 viral penetration test for resistance to bloodborne pathogens
     
  • Demonstrated barrier protection against glutaraldehyde, various chemicals and various chemotherapy drugs, per ASTM test method. Contact Best for details.
     
  • N-DEX gloves are available in 50% thicker, long cuff versions. Thicker N-DEX gloves are also available in sterile and hand-specific (rather than ambidextrous) options.
     
  • Nitri-Care gloves are accelerator free as of January 2002. Also available in long cuff version
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
ECI Elastyren(R) Examination Gloves
 
ECI Medical Technologies, Canada
800-668-5289
http://www.ecimedical.com
 
  • Powder-free, latex-free, accelerator-free, non-chlorinated, PVC(vinyl)-free
     
  • Available as a non-sterile procedure glove in hand-specific sizes
     
  • Passed ASTM viral penetration test for bloodborne pathogens
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Maxxim SensiCare(TM) Nitrile and SensiCare NXP Exam Gloves
 
Maxxim Medical
800-727-7951
http://www.maxximmedical.com
 
  • Gloves are made of nitrile rubber
     
  • Available powder-free
     
  • Passed ASTM F1671 viral penetration test for bloodborne pathogens
     
  • Vendor has tested for barrier protection against various chemicals using ASTM test methods. Contact Maxxim for details.
     
  • Special feature: NXP nitrile exam glove is thicker and more durable than standard nitrile glove
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Maxxim SensiCare(TM) Polyurethane Exam Glove
 
Maxxim Medical
800-727-7951
http://www.maxximmedical.com
 
  • Gloves are made of polyurethane
     
  • Available powder-free
     
  • Passed ASTM F1671 viral penetration test for bloodborne pathogens
     
  • Vendor has tested for barrier resistance to various chemicals using ASTM test methods. Contact Maxxim for further information
     
  • Polyurethane glove contains no accelerators or stabilizers
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Safeskin Blue Nitrile and Purple Nitrile(TM) Examination Gloves
 
Safeskin Corporation
800-462-9993
http://www.safeskin.com
 
  • Gloves are made of nitrile rubber
     
  • Available powder-free
     
  • Passed ASTM F1671 viral penetration test for bloodborne pathogens
     
  • Demonstrated barrier protection against glutaraldehyde, various chemicals and various chemotherapy drugs, per ASTM method. Contact Safeskin for further information
     
  • Purple nitrile gloves are the newest product, designed for fit and comfort similar to latex
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
SmartCare NitraPF(TM)
 
SmartCare, Inc.
800-822-8956
http://www.smartcare.com
 
  • Gloves are made of nitrile rubber
     
  • Available powder-free
     
  • Passed ASTM F1671 viral penetration test for bloodborne pathogens
     
  • Demonstrated barrier protection to various chemotherapy drugs. Contact SmartCare for further information
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Tillotson Pure Advantage and Dual Advantage Exam Gloves
 
Tillotson Healthcare Corporation
800-445-6830
http://thcnet.com
 
  • Pure Advantage gloves are made of 100% nitrile rubber
     
  • Dual Advantage gloves have a nitrile exterior with a PolyGlide(TM) non-latex interior, for ease of donning and doffing
     
  • Available powder-free
     
  • Passed ASTM F1671 viral penetration test for bloodborne pathogens
     
  • Demonstrated barrier protection against glutaraldehyde, formaldehyde, and Cidex 7, per ASTM test method. Contact Tillotson for further information
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Tillotson True Advantage Accelerator Free Nitrile Exam Glove
 
Tillotson Healthcare Corporation
800-445-6830
http://thcnet.com
 
  • Accelerator free, purple nitrile exam glove
     
  • Available powder free
     
  • Demonstrated 8 hour barrier against formaldehyde (37%), glutaraldehyde (50%), and Cidex 7 (glutaraldehyde 2.5%), per ASTM F739
     
  • Passed viral penetration test, per ASTM F1671
     
 
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Gloves
Surgical Gloves
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Allegiance Duraprene Surgical GloveTM
 
Allegiance Healthcare Corporation
800-964-5227
http://www.allegiance.net
 
  • Gloves are made of neoprene. Note: Neoprene contains chlorine (Cl) in rubber structure. Chlorine-free glove materials should be considered before chlorine-containing ones. Cl is undesirable in the waste stream because of the potential for formation of unfavorable byproducts of incineration.
     
  • Available powder-free
     
  • Vendor has not reported to SHP on Duraprene glove performance using ASTM F1671 viral penetration test for bloodborne pathogen resistance
     
  • Vendor has not reported to SHP on barrier resistance of these gloves to other chemicals using ASTM test methods
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Ansell-Perry Derma Prene(R) Surgical Glove
 
Ansell-Perry
800-321-9752
http://www.ansellhealthcare.com
 
  • Gloves are made of Neoprene. Note: Neoprene contains chlorine (Cl) in rubber structure. Chlorine-free glove materials should be considered before chlorine-containing ones. Cl is undesirable in the waste stream because of the potential for formation of unfavorable byproducts of incineration.
     
  • Available powder-free
     
  • Vendor has not reported to SHP on barrier resistance to bloodborne pathogens using ASTM test methods
     
  • Vendor has not reported to SHP on resistance to chemicals using ASTM test methods
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Ansell-Perry Elite(TM) Surgical Glove
 
Ansell-Perry
800-321-9752
http://www.ansellhealthcare.com
 
  • Gloves are made of polyurethane
     
  • Available powder-free
     
  • Vendor has not reported to SHP on barrier resistance to bloodborne pathogens using ASTM F1671 test method
     
  • Vendor has not reported to SHP on resistance to chemicals using ASTM test methods
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
ECI Elastyfree Surgical Gloves
 
ECI Medical Technologies, Canada
800-668-5289
http://www.ecimedical.com
 
  • Gloves are made of a synthetic copolymer
     
  • Powder-free, latex-free, accelerator-free, non-chlorinated, and PVC(vinyl)-free
     
  • Passed ASTM viral penetration test for bloodborne pathogens
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Maxxim Neolon(TM) Surgical Glove
 
Maxxim Medical
800-727-7951
http://www.maxximmedical.com
 
  • Gloves are made of neoprene. Note: Neoprene contains chlorine (Cl) in rubber structure. Chlorine-free glove materials should be considered before chlorine-containing ones. Cl is undesirable in the waste stream because of the potential for formation of unfavorable byproducts of incineration.
     
  • Available powder-free
     
  • Passed ASTM F1671 viral penetration test for bloodborne pathogens
     
  • Vendor has tested barrier resistance against various chemicals using ASTM test methods. Contact Maxxim for further information.
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Maxxim SensiCare(TM) Polyisoprene Surgical Glove
 
Maxxim Medical
800-727-7951
http://www.maxximmedical.com
 
  • Gloves are made of polyisoprene
     
  • Available powder-free
     
  • Passed ASTM F1671 viral penetration test for bloodborne pathogens
     
  • Vendor has tested for barrier resistance against various chemicals. Contact Maxxim for further information
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Regent Biogel(R) Surgical Glove
 
Regent Hospital Products
800-763-6364
http://www.regentmedical.com
 
  • Gloves are made of chloroprene, commonly known as neoprene. Note: Contains chlorine (Cl) in rubber structure. Chlorine-free glove materials should be considered before chlorine-containing ones. Cl is undesirable in the waste stream because of the potential for formation of unfavorable byproducts of incineration.
     
  • Powder-free
     
  • Vendor has not reported to SHP on barrier resistance to bloodborne pathogens using ASTM test methods
     
  • Vendor has not reported to SHP on barrier resistance to chemicals using ASTM test methods
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Tillotson Pure Advantage Surgical Gloves
 
Tillotson Healthcare Corporation
800-445-6830
http://thcnet.com
 
  • Gloves are made of nitrile rubber
     
  • Available powder-free
     
  • Passed ASTM F1671 viral penetration test for resistance to bloodborne pathogens
     
  • Demonstrated barrier protection agains glutaraldehyde, formaldehyde, and Cidex 7 using ASTM test method. Contact Tillotson for further information
     
 
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IV Solutions & Sets
Product & Manufacturer Comments
B. Braun Duplex(TM) Drug Delivery System
 
B. Braun McGaw, Inc.
IV Products
800-227-2862
http://www.bbraunusa.com
 
  • The DUPLEX Drug Delivery System is pre-filled with the proper doses of drug and diluent. There are no vials to connect and no calculations for compounding. It can be stored at room temperature. Simply add a patient label and dispense the drug.
     
  • PVC-free, DEHP-free and latex-free container
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
B. Braun IV Solutions
 
B. Braun McGaw, Inc.
IV Products
800-227-2862
http://www.bbraunusa.com
 
  • IV solution packaged in Excel(R) rubberized ethylene-propylene and PAB(R) bags. PVC-free and DEHP-free
     
  • Bags are lighter in weight than comparable PVC bag
     
  • Excel containers are designed for parenteral therapies and are made from a multi-layered film that contains no plasticizers and exhibits no leachability. Upon incineration, Excel forms CO2 and water. In landfills, Excel will not leach harmful chemicals
     
  • PAB containers are made of a copolymer of ethylene and propylene which contains no plasticizers and exhibits no leachability.
     
 
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Manufacturers of Alternative Materials & Processes
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Cooley MedGuard
 
Cooley Specialty Products
800-333-3048 x 6236
behbehania@cooleygroup.com
 
  • MedGuard is a polyolefin-based compound designed to replace PVC in medical membranes such as blood bags, tubing and curtains. It is flexible and weldable by ultrasonic, hot air, radio-frequency and other methods.
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Cryovac M312 Film and IV Style Bags
 
Cryovac Division, Sealed Air Corporation
Ralph Sizemore
Product Manager, Medical Products Division
864-433-2922
ralph.sizemore@sealedair.com
http://www.sealedair.com
 
  • M312 is a polyolefin-based film designed for demanding medical applications such as dialysis solutions, parenteral drugs, and total parenteral nutrition (TPN) solutions.

     
  • The film is completely free of PVC, DEHP and other plasticizers. It is easily converted into IV style bags for use as pharmaceutical solution containers.

     
  • M312 is chemically inert and has extremely low levels of extractables with a wide range of solutions.

     
  • M312 is able to withstand the demanding conditions of autoclave sterilization at 121°C. In addition, empty bags made from the film can be sterilized via gamma and e-beam irradiation.

     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Dow MDF 7200 Metallocene Polyethylene Film
 
Dow Medical Device Films
800-441-4369
http://www.dow.com/medfilm/
 
  • MDF 7200 film is made for medical device applications with AFFINITY* ethylene polymer resins (also known as metallocene polyethylene). When burned in controlled industrial or municipal incinerators, the predominant products of combustion are CO2 and water.
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
FusionSeal Process
 
FusionSeal Corporation
Sam Fader
508-785-8158
 
  • Allows manufacturers to replace PVC films with environmentally friendly materials by retrofitting existing equipment or designing and installing new equipment for production of medical bags while reducing unit cost
     
  • Faster and more versatile than RF welding; offers process times of under 1 second
     
  • Can be used for medical bags, including enteral feeding, IV, blood bags
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers
 
GLS Corporation
800-457-8777
http://www.glscorp.com
 
  • GLS supplies thermoplastic elastomers for medical applications requiring a PVC-free or latex-free alternative
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
LDI EnviroLeatherTM
 
LDI Corporation
Josh Dame
Vice President
866-332-0700
http://www.LDISolutions.com
 
  • LDI EnviroLeather is an alternative to PVC for upholstery material, and it can be used for covering medical and dental chairs, tables and stools.
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Natvar BioPath & Tekni-Plex SurePath Medical Tubings
 
Natvar
Bob Donohue
800-395-6288
http://www.natvar.com
 
  • BioPath is a multilayered flexible tubing designed as an alternative to PVC and polyurethane products. Tubing is coextruded with a polyurethane inner layer and a thin external layer of Ecdel, a tough, chemically inert clear polymer. Environmentally friendly; when burned Ecdel releases carbon dioxide and water. EtO/Gamma stable. USP Class VI.
     
  • Tekni-Plex SurePath is PVC- and phthalate-free medical tubing for drug delivery and is suitable for anesthesia monitoring lines. The trilayer tubing uses Ecdel 9966 thermoplastic elastomer as an outer layer, an inner layer is polyethylene, and a middle layer is a proprietary adhesive. The tubing can withstand solvent or adhesive bonding used for PVC and can withstand EtO (ethylene oxide) and gamma sterilization. When burned, Ecdel releases carbon dioxide and water.

     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Non-PVC Bags for TPN
 
Stedim, Inc.
Bill Krause
President
Contract Manufacturing
925-356-6890
bkrause@stedim.com
http://www.stedim.com
 
  • Design, development and production of non-PVC bags for drug delivery and IV nutrition (e.g. Total Parenteral Nutrition or TPN)
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Pactiv Propyflex(R) Products
 
Pactiv Corporation
847-482-2000
http://www.pactiv.com
 
  • Propyflex is a PVC-free material for the packaging of medical fluids. It is an alternative to soft PVC infusion bags and is also suitable as a replacement for glass or plastic bottles. Propyflex is made from a three-layer coextruded flat or tubular film consisting of polypropylene and styrene ethylene butylene styrene. Propyflex bags do not produce toxic dioxins or hydrogen chloride when incinerated.
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Polyurethane film, sheet, tubing and custom profiles
 
Stevens Urethane
Tim Falcetti
Customer Service
Nine Sullivan Road
Holyoke, MA 01040-2800
877-878-3456
tafalcetti@stvure.com
http://www.stevensurethane.com
 
  • Stevens offers a full range of thermoplastic polyurethanes, sold directly to OEMs and converters who fabricate the urethane into the end product
     
  • Polyurethane is an alternative to PVC for many medical applications
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Saint-Gobain Tygon(R) Plasticizer-Free Medical Tubing
 
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics
Tony Pagliaro
908-218-8888
http://www.medical.saint-gobain.com
 
  • TYGON(R) Medical Plasticizer-Free (MPF) tubing offers medical grade, clear, non-PVC polymer formulations that are designed to replace DEHP plasticizer PVC tubing in medical applications
     
  • Tubing is testing and validated to ISO 10993 and USP Class VI criteria
     
 
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Neonatal Products
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Arrow International NeoCareŽ Pediatric Products
 
Arrow International - NeoCare Division
800-523-8446
http://www.neocare.com
 
  • Arrow International offers the NeoCareŽ line of pediatric products. NeoCareŽ products do not contain DEHP. With the exception of the Urinary Drainage Kit (UDK), NeoCareŽ does not have any products made out of PVC. The tubing on the UDK burette assembly is purchased as DEHP-free PVC. None of the NeoCareŽ catheters contain any PVC components and thus no DEHP.

     
  • Neonatal products include:
    Silicone enteral feeding tubes
    Silicone and polyurethane umbilical catheters Silicone urinary drainage kits

     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Axiom Medical, Inc Neonatal & Pediatric Catheters
 
Axiom Medical, Inc.
(310) 898-1779
http://www.axiommed.com
 
  • Axiom Medical, Inc. offers silicone Neonatal/Pediatric catheters
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Children's Medical Ventures Gel Mattresses and Pillows
 
Children's Medical Ventures
800-377-3449
http://www.childmed.com
 
  • Gel-filled mattress, pillows and positioning aids made with polyurethane
     
  • Products are designed for use with preemies
     
  • Products include Gel Donut(TM), Wedgie(TM, Squishon(R) and Squishon(TM) Mattress
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
CORPAK CORFLO Neonatal and Pediatric Feeding Tubes
 
CORPAK MedSystems
800-323-6305
http://www.corpakmedsystems.com
 
  • Made from polyurethane and contains no DEHP
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Kendall Argyle(R) Neonatal Products
 
Kendall-LTP
800-669-1009
http://www.kendall-ltp.com
 
  • Umbilical vessel catheter available in polyurethane, as an alternative to PVC
     
  • Pedi-Tube pediatric nasogastric feeding tube is made of polyurethane
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Utah Medical Products Inc. Gesco(R) Neonatal Products
 
Utah Medical Products, Inc.
800-533-4984
http://utahmed.com
 
  • The Gesco neonatal products are both latex-free and PVC-free
     
  • UMBILI-CATH catheters are available in silicone or polyurethane
     
  • Percutaneously inserted central catheter (PICC) is available in silicone
     
  • NUTRI-CATH is a silicone feeding tube for continuous enteral feeding via naso gastric, oro gastric or naso jejunal routes
     
  • URI-CATH is a silicone urinary drainage system
     
  • THORA-CATH is a silicone chest drainage catheter
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Vygon Catheters
 
Vygon
800-544-4907
http://www.vygonusa.com
 
  • Polyurethane umbilical vessel catheter, ECC catheter, and PremiCath(R) for parenteral nutrition and mid/long-term IV therapy
     
  • Silicone neonatal catheter
     
  • The SHP thanks Health Care Without Harm for identifying these products
     
 
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Office Supplies - PVC-Free
3-Ring Binders

Traditional 3-ring binders are made of a rigid cardboard sheet covered by vinyl. There are basically three alternatives to vinyl binders: 1) polypropylene binders, 2) pressboard binders and 3) aluminum binders. The most common alternative is made of polypropylene or "poly". These are comparable in cost to vinyl and can be recognized by their attractive tough, durable single layer construction. They come in a variety of colors and are also available with a translucent or frosted appearance. When choosing polypropylene binders, consider whether you desire a thinner somewhat floppy cover or a thicker more rigid cover (that will stand up more easily on a shelf). Because of their durability, polypropylene binders last indefinitely. Pressboard binders are stiff cardboard and are often made of recycled materials. They are suitable for less demanding use, such as storage of records or reports. The third alternative, brushed aluminum, is a very heavy weight construction that might be considered for special applications. Their cost is considerably higher than the other binders. The main considerations when selecting binders are durability, rigidity, and aesthetics.
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Avery Aluminum Binder
 
Avery Dennison
800-462-8379
http://www.avery.com
 
  • Made of brushed aluminum
     
  • Very heavy weight construction for special applications
     
  • At the Avery website, search on "aluminum binder" to view this product
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Avery Poly and Clear Trends (TM) Binders
 
Avery Dennison
800-462-8379
http://www.avery.com
 
  • Made of poly material
     
  • Available at office supply stores
     
  • At the Avery website, search on "poly binders" and "Clear Trends binder" to view these products
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Pressboard 3-Ring Binders
 

 
  • Made of pressboard
     
  • To view online, http://www.staples.com - search on "pressboard binder"
     
  • Avery Dennison, Mead and other manufacturers make pressboard binders. Binders are available at standard office supply stores
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Smead InnDura Polypropylene Binders
 
Smead
http://www.smead.com
 
  • Made of polypropylene
     
  • Heavy-duty polypropylene binder is available in translucent colors. An inside pocket holds business cards and loose documents
     
  • At the Smead website, search on "InnDura Binder" to view this product
     
  • Available at office supply stores
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Storex Duratech Polypropylene 3-ring Binders
 
Storex Industries Corporation
888-402-2345
 
  • Made of polypropylene
     
  • Available at office supply stores
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Sustainable Group Recyclable 3 Ring Binder
 
Sustainable Group
800-488-0966
http://www.sustainablegroup.net
 
  • Sustainable Group manufactures a recycled, reusable, recyclable 3 ring binder made of fiberboard.The metal rings can be removed and assembled into a new binder and the old one can be disposed of.
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Wilson Jones Poly Binders
 
Wilson Jones
http://www.wilsonjones.com
 
  • Made of poly material
     
  • At the Wilson Jones website, search on "poly binders" to view this product
     
  • Available at office supply stores
     
 
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Business Card Holders

In addition to the familiar Rolodex-style business card holders, a book-style business card holder is popular with people who travel frequently. Two common styles are often made of vinyl: Bound business card books and refill sheets that fit into standard three-ring binders. The alternative to vinyl is a polypropylene refill sheet that fits into a three-ring binder. The polypropylene is nonstick, acid-free and archival-safe.
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Avery Business Card Holder Refill Sheets
 
Avery Dennison
800-462-8379
http://www.avery.com
 
  • Polypropylene sheets hold 20 standard business cards and fit in a standard three-ring binder
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
C-Line Products, Inc. Business Card Holders
 
C-Line Products, Inc.
http://www.c-lineproducts.com
 
  • Polypropylene sheets hold 20 business cards and fit in a standard three-ring binder
     
  • To view online, select "Specialty Holders" from the C-Line Products homepage
     
 
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Catalogs
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Better Office Products Catalog
 
Better Office Products
Entire product line is polypropylene
800-631-7673
http://www.betteroffice.com
 
  • Better Office Products offers exclusively polypropylene stationery products
     
  • Their catalog lists hundreds of attractive, cost effective alternatives to vinyl stationery products
     
 
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Media Storage Sleeves

Media storage sleeves and pages are used to protect CDs and DVDs. They are often made of vinyl, however polypropylene alternatives are readily available for CDs and DVDs. They are available in storage pages and sleeves. Storage pages contain transparent sleeves for holding the CDs and DVDs and are 3-hole punched to fit into standard binders. Storage sleeves are plastic pockets into which the CD or DVD is placed. Sleeves sometimes come with a self adhesive strip for attachment to binders, file folders or the side of a computer.
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Avery CD/DVD Storage pages
 
Avery Dennison
800-462-8379
http://www.avery.com
 
  • Made of polypropylene. Clear, acid-free and archival safe
     
  • Each page holds two CDs or DVDs and two booklets and is three-hole punched for insertion into letter-size binders
     
  • Available at office supply stores.
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
C-Line Deluxe CD Ring Binder Storage Pages
 
C-Line Products, Inc.
http://www.c-lineproducts.com
 
  • Made of polypropylene. Three-hole punched for insertion into standard binder
     
  • Note: this is also available as a kit with a binder, but the binder is made of vinyl
     
  • To view online, select "Media Storage" from the C-Line Products homepage
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
C-Line Self-Adhesive CD holder
 
C-Line Products, Inc.
http://www.c-lineproducts.com
 
  • Made of polypropylene
     
  • Protects CDs from dust and scratches. Peel off backing can be applied to any clean surface, including books, binders, and file folders
     
  • To view online, select "Media Storage" from the C-Line Products homepage
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
C-Line Space Saving Poly CD Holder
 
C-Line Products, Inc.
http://www.c-lineproducts.com
 
  • Made of polypropylene
     
  • Fits in standard CD storage cases while taking up less space than jewel cases. Tuck-in flap keeps CDs in place. Made of clear polypropylene for easy viewing and to prevent CD from sticking
     
  • To view online, select "Media Storage" from the C-Line Products homepage
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Tabbies CD Saver Protective Pockets
 

 
  • Made of polypropylene. Available in clear or translucent colors
     
  • Available at office supply stores
     
 
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Out Guides for Files

Out guides are used in filing systems to clearly mark where folders have been removed from the file. When a folder is taken from the shelf or drawer, an out guide is put in tis place. Vinyl appears in guides in 2 forms: 1) Sometimes the entire guide is made from vinyl. These are easily recognized because they are colored plastic and catalogs typically call out "Vinyl End Tab Out Guides". 2) Vinyl may also be found on the tabs of some manila out guides. This may be called out as a "fused vinyl tab", as opposed to the non-vinyl "self tab". The alternative to the vinyl guides are manila and pressboard.
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Smead Manila Out Guides
 
Smead
http://www.smead.com
 
  • Manila out guides are available with a tab on top or end of guide, for drawer or open-shelf files
     
  • In catalogs, look for "Top Tab Out Guide" or "End Tab Out Guide"
     
  • Available with pre-printed form on the guide to record which file has been taken, who is using it and the date it was taken
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Smead Pressboard Out Guides
 
Smead
http://www.smead.com
 
  • Pressboard out guides are available for open shelf files
     
  • Available with blank horizontal metal tabs
     
  • Made of 25 point pressboard recycled stock
     
  • In catalobs, look for "End-tab Pressboard Guides"
     
 
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Pad Holders

A pad holder (sometimes called a pad folio) is a protective folder that contains a pad of paper, with the cover commonly made of vinyl. One can recognize vinyl by the product descriptions, that often include: vinyl, leather-grain vinyl, leather-like, or simulated leather. Alternatives to vinyl include leather (the most common and more costly alternative) and inexpensive, very rugged polypropylene.
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Better Office Products(R) Poly Pad Holders
 
Better Office Products
Entire product line is polypropylene
800-631-7673
http://www.betteroffice.com
 
  • Polypropylene pad holders
     
  • Available in a wide range of styles and sizes
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Smead InnDura Ultracolor Pad Folios
 
Smead
http://www.smead.com
 
  • Heavy duty polypropylene in translucent colors
     
  • An interior back pocket holds a note pad and the inside cover pocket stores loose papers
     
  • Available for letter size pad or 5"x8" pad
     
  • Styling is contemporary with vibrant colors
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Sparco Pad holders
 
Sparco
 
  • Polypropylene pad holders with left hand pocket for storage
     
  • Available for letter size or 5"x8" pad
     
  • Styling is traditional with dark colors (black, navy, burgandy)
     
  • This product can be viewed online at http://www.iteminfo.com - Look under General Office Supplies/ Pads & Pad Holders
     
 
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Paper Clips

Vinyl coated paper clips are common and can be recognized by their colorful plastic covering. They are often advertised as being useful for color coding and for preventing marks on papers. The familiar alternative is the metal paper clip. Another alternative is a plastic paper clip, made of a non-PVC plastic material.
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Baumgarten's Plastiklips
 
Baumgartens
http://www.baumgartens.com
 
  • This product is available at standard stationery supply houses
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Metal paper clips
 

 
  • Available at any stationery supply store
     
 
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Report Covers

Reports and presentations are often placed in protective report covers or folders made of vinyl, polypropylene, or pressboard. Polypropylene and pressboard covers are widely available and aesthetically pleasing alternatives to vinyl. These alternatives have the added advantage of not lifting the print off photocopies, which can be a problem with vinyl.
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Acco Pressboard Reinforced Report Covers
 
Acco
 
  • Cover is made of moisture resistant 20 point pressboard with recycled content
     
  • Reinforced hinge
     
  • Available at office supply stores
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
C-Line Products Polypropylene Report Cover with Binding Bar
 
C-Line Products, Inc.
http://www.c-lineproducts.com
 
  • Polypropylene report covers, project folders, and presentation portfolios can be viewed on the C-Line website by selecting "Report Covers and Project Folders" from the homepage
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Esselte Gate-Lock Poly Report Cover and Poly Clamp Binders
 
Esselte
 
  • Esselte poly products are available at office supply stores
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Itoya Custom Report Cover
 
Itoya
http://www.itoya.com
 
  • Poly report holder features a bordered display cover,with a slide holder to clamp documents
     
  • Holds up to 30 pages with no punching required
     
  • Acid-free, PVC-free, archival quality
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Smead InnDura Report Covers
 
Smead
http://www.smead.com
 
  • InnDura polypropylene cover
     
  • Clear front shows cover page of report
     
  • Accommodates up to 25 pages, which are stapled into place
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Smead Recycled Pressboard Report Covers
 
Smead
http://www.smead.com
 
  • Recycled pressboard covers with no punching required
     
  • Available at office supply stores
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Storex Polypropylene Report Covers
 
Storex Industries Corporation
888-402-2345
 
  • Frosted polypropylene clip bind report cover
     
  • Available at office supply stores
     
 
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Sheet Protectors

A sheet protector is a transparent sleeve that fits into a 3-ring binder and is used to protect enclosed pages. Many sheet protectors are made of vinyl, although polypropylene alternatives are readily available and are often less expensive. Polypropylene has the added advanatage of being "non-stick" and won't lift the print off photocopies as vinyl sometimes does. Sheet protectors are available in various weights and finishes and can be purchased at any office supply store.
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Avery Polypropylene Sheet Protectors
 
Avery Dennison
800-462-8379
http://www.avery.com
 
  • Made of polypropylene
     
  • At the Avery website, search on "polypropylene sheet protector" to view this product
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
C-Line Products Polypropylene Sheet Protectors
 
C-Line Products, Inc.
http://www.c-lineproducts.com
 
  • Made of polypropylene
     
  • At the C-Line Products website, search on "sheet protectors" to view online
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Polypropylene Sheet Protectors
 

 
  • Polypropylene sheet protectors are available from many other manufacturers including JM, Samsill, Sparco, and Universal. Large office supply companies may also sell their own generic polypropylene sheet protectors
     
 
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Shop Ticket Holders

Shop ticket holders are clear plastic sleeves or pockets for storing and protecting patient records, work records, work orders, charts, schedules and inventory cards. They often travel with a patient or products. most shop ticket holders are made of clear vinyl, somtimes with a pressboard back. They often have a metal eyelet at the top for hanging. There are several alternatives for vinyl shopt ticket holders. Polypropylene pockets are available in a variety of sizes and are equivalent to traditional vinyl shop ticket holders. In some cases, polyethylene zip-lock storage bags are a low-cost, suitable substitute. Depending on the application, consider the following alternatives (listed in order of increasing durability): 1) Zip-lock polyethylene storage bags (like food baggies), 2) lightweight polypropylene pockets, including standard polypropylene sheet protectors, and 3) heavyweight polypropylene envelope or folders (these are the most durable, but may not be as easy to read through)
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Heavy Weight Polyproplyene Pockets C-Line Cleer Pockets
 
C-Line Products, Inc.
http://www.c-lineproducts.com
 
  • Polypropylene pockets are available in a variety of sizes
     
  • Very rugged, durable construction
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Light Weight Polyethylene Zip Lock Storage Bags
 

 
  • In many cases, these light weight protective bags are a suitable substitute for vinyl shop ticket holders
     
  • Vendors and manufacturers may be found online by searching on they keywords "polyethylene zip lock bags"
     
  • Sample products can be viewed online at:
    http://www.clineproducts.com - search on "zip"
    http://www.staples.com - search on "zip top shop ticket holder"
    http://www.ziploc.com - this is the website for ziploc(R) food storage bags

     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Sheet Protectors
 

 
  • In many cases polypropylene sheet protectors are a suitable substitute for vinyl shop ticket holders
     
  • They are more durable than polyethylene zip lock storage bags and easier to read through than heavyweight polypropylene envelopes
     
  • View the alternatives at sheet protectors
     
 
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Patient Identification Bracelets
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Patient Identification Bracelet
 
Precision Dynamics Corporation
800-847-0670
http://www.pdcorp.com
 
  • Secureline(R) Short-Stay(R) tyvek(R) ID bracelet is less expensive than vinyl counterpart. Appropriate for single day or short hospital stays. Can be used with PC printer.
     
  • Sentry(R) SuperBand(R) is made of non-stretch polyester with snap closure
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Patient Identification Bracelets
 
Wristband & Medical Specialty Bracelets
800-940-3993
http://wristbandsupply.com
 
  • Tyvek(R) ID bracelet is less expensive than vinyl counterpart
     
  • Appropriate for single day or short hospital stays
     
 
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Radiation Shielding
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Radiation Shield Technologies Demron(TM) Aprons
 
Radiation Shield Technologies
866-733-6766
http://www.radshield.com
 
  • Radiation Shield Technologies offers Demron(TM) lead-free shielding aprons, collars and vests. These are available with a fabric cover that is PVC-free.
     
 
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Respiratory Therapy Products
Product & Manufacturer Comments
DHD Healthcare Aerosol Mask
 
DHD Healthcare
800-847-8000
http://www.dhd.com
 
  • Mask is made of Silicone
     
  • The SHP thanks Health Care Without Harm for identifying this product
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Rusch Endotracheal Tubes
 
Rusch
Respiratory Therapy Products
800-553-5214
http://www.rusch.com
 
  • Reusable endotracheal tubes are available in red rubber or silicone
     
  • The SHP thanks Health Care Without Harm for identifying this product
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Smiths Medical Endotracheal Tubes
(Formerly Bivona Endotracheal Tubes)
 
Smiths Medical
800-348-6064
http://www.smiths-medical.com
 
  • Airway management tubes are made of silicone
     
  • The SHP thanks Health Care Without Harm for identifying this product
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Vital Signs PVC-free Mask
 
Vital Signs
800-932-0760
http://www.vital-signs.com
 
  • Mask is made of polyester
     
  • The SHP thanks Health Care Without Harm for identifying this product

     
 
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Sequential Compression Device
Product & Manufacturer Comments
SCD Green Sleeve
 
Kendall Health Care
800-962-9888
http://www.kendallhq.com
 
  • Green Sleeve Sequential Compression Device is made of polyolefin
     
  • Device is 25% lower in weight than PVC counterpart
     
 
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Shower Curtains
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Breathable Tyvek Shower Curtain®
 
Brookstone
17 Riverside Street
Nashua, NH 03062,
800-846-3000
http://brookstone.com
 
  • Supplier describes: "Made of Tyvek, the breathable shower curtain is waterproof, yet allows moisture to escape, so your shower stall dries quickly, even with the curtain closed. Slick surface reduces mildew formation."
     
  • 72" x 72"
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Nylon Shower Curtain
 

 
  • Available from a variety of home product retailers
     
 
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Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN)
Product & Manufacturer Comments
B. Braun TPN Solution
 
B. Braun McGaw, Inc.
IV Products
800-227-2862
http://www.bbraunusa.com
 
  • TPN Solution is available in glass bottle
     
  • SHP thanks Health Care Without Harm for identifying this product
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Metrix TPN Bags & Automatic Compounder
 
Metrix Company
563-556-8800
http://www.metrixco.com
 
  • Metrix supplies DEHP-free vinyl and EVA (ethyl vinyl acetate) TPN containers for facilities that mix their own TPN solutions
     
  • The DEHP-free TPN containers use a TOTM plasticizer. The EVA (ethyl vinyl acetate)TPN bags contain no plasticizers.
     
  • Metrix also offers the AutoComp6™ equipment that uses a computer-controlled pump to quickly and accurately compound TPN admixtures
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Stedim TPN Bags
 
Stedim, Inc.
800-914-6644
http://www.stedim.com
 
  • Stedim TPN bags are made of EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) and contain no plasticizers
     
  • Stedim also offers a Neonatal Bag Filling Kit
     
 
Note: Information has been provided by the named vendors. The Sustainable Hospitals Project does not endorse any products or take responsibility for the accuracy of the information or for product performance. Contact vendors directly to purchase a product or to obtain more information. This table is a work-in-progress, and feedback may be sent by email to shp@uml.edu or by phone to 978-934-3386.
 

 
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