How to reduce DEHP in your NICU: a plan of simple steps to promote change.
Pak-VM; Briscoe-V; McCauley-LA
Neonatal Netw J Neonatal Nurs 2006 Nov/Dec; 25(6):447-449
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.
Humans; Neonates; Health-care; Health-protection; Nurses; Plastics; Hazards; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors; Phthalates; Reproduction; Reproductive-effects; Reproductive-hazards; Reproductive-system; Reproductive-system-disorders
Neonatal Network: the Journal of Neonatal Nursing
University of Pennsylvania