DEHP, or di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, is a chemical plasticizer commonly used in medical consumables such as IV bags, catheters, and blood bags. However, concerns over the potential health risks associated with DEHP exposure have led to a shift towards DEHP-free medical consumables.
DEHP is known to leach from medical devices and can cause toxic effects in the body, particularly in the liver and reproductive system. It is classified as a probable human carcinogen and has been linked to various health problems such as infertility, endocrine disruption, and developmental issues.
In response to these concerns, many health groups have started to switch to DEHP-free medical consumables. This shift towards safer materials has numerous benefits, including:
- Improved patient safety: By eliminating DEHP exposure, patients are less likely to experience the harmful health effects associated with this chemical.
- Better product performance: DEHP-free medical consumables have been shown to have improved performance and stability compared to those containing DEHP.
- Increased regulatory compliance: DEHP-free medical consumables are in line with current regulations and standards, reducing the risk of regulatory penalties and legal issues for healthcare providers.
- Environmental sustainability: The production of DEHP-free medical consumables typically results in lower environmental impact compared to DEHP-containing products.
The shift towards DEHP-free medical consumables is a positive step for patient safety and environmental sustainability. Health groups are making this change to reduce the potential health risks associated with DEHP exposure and to improve product performance. As the demand for DEHP-free products continues to grow, it is likely that more and more healthcare providers will adopt this safer alternative.
Westlab are currently supporting companies globally to implement DEHP-free consumables in daily operations, such as:
- IV bags: IV bags made from polyolefin
- Catheters: silicone or polyurethane
- Blood bags: Polyethylene kits
- IV sets: PVC-free sets with retractable safety needles
- Gloves: Medical nitrile gloves