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DEHP Exposure

Definition
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic is used to manufacture a huge number of articles for daily life, e.g. toys, building material such as flooring, cables, as well as medical products1.
Unplasticized PVC is hard and brittle at room temperature. As a result, plasticizers are necessary to impart flexibility to the polymer and make it softer. For plastics such as PVC, the more plasticizer added, the more flexible and durable it will be. Health concerns about phthalate plasticizers and especially DEHP are currently the subject of considerable media, legislative and scientific debate2.

Causes
Everyone is exposed to small levels of DEHP in day to day life. However, some individuals can be exposed to high levels of DEHP through certain medical procedures. DEHP can leach out of plastic medical devices into solutions that come in contact with the plastic.
The amount of DEHP that will leach out depends on the temperature, the lipid content of the liquid, and the duration of contact with the PVC tubing3.

ProSet Solutions:
ProSets for Regional Anesthesia, Central Venous Catheters and Infusion Therapy are without any DEHP. ProSet Infusion sets come with tubing made of PVC which does not contain DEHP plasticizer but the new type of safe plasticizer called DEHT (Eastman 168), which is not genotoxic, and therefore not harmful for patients or environment. Additionally you can also choose PVC free options made of polyurethane (PUR). The labelling of our products shows that they are free of DEHP.

IV-ProSet components

ProSets for Infusion Therapy are free of DEHP.

RA- & CVC-ProSet  components

ProSets for Regional Anesthesia and Central Venous Catheterization are free of DEHP.

References:
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1 European Union Risk Assessment Report. bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP)
2 Cadogan DF, Howick CJ (2000); Plasticizers in Ullmann’s Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim. doi: 10.1002/14356007.a20_439.
3 FDA Public Health Notification: PVC Devices Containing the Plasticizer DEHP