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How to reduce DEHP in your NICU: a plan of simple steps to promote change.

Authors
Pak-VM; Briscoe-V; McCauley-LA
Source
Neonatal Netw J Neonatal Nurs 2006 Nov/Dec; 25(6):447-449
NIOSHTIC No.
20044952
Abstract
In their efforts to improve health outcomes of neonates and infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), neonatal nurses should understand the potential for harm that plastic medical devices pose to infants. Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) is a plasticizer used to soften polyvinylchloride (PVC) that can leach from the plastic into the fluid or gas being delivered to the neonate. DEHP can harm the developing reproductive system. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a public health notification recommendation that DEHP- free devices be considered for use in NICU patients. There are alternatives available. The purpose of this column is to inform neonatal nurses of the risk of DEHP exposure among infants and to make it simpler for them to implement change in reducing DEHP in their institution.
Keywords
Humans; Neonates; Health-care; Health-protection; Nurses; Plastics; Hazards; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors; Phthalates; Reproduction; Reproductive-effects; Reproductive-hazards; Reproductive-system; Reproductive-system-disorders
CODEN
NEONEE
Publication Date
20061101
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2007
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T01-OH-008417
Issue of Publication
6
ISSN
0730-0832
Source Name
Neonatal Network: the Journal of Neonatal Nursing
State
PA
Performing Organization
University of Pennsylvania
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