The American Nurses Association joined Health Care Without Harm, a not-for-profit environmental organization, in calling on healthcare to stop using products that contain diethylhexyl-phthalate, commonly called DEHP, which is widely used to make plastic durable and flexible. The two groups issued the statement in response to a National Toxicology Program report in November 2006 that warned that DEHP may harm reproductive development in male infants, either through direct exposure during intensive medical treatment or from breast feeding. On average, 20% to 40% of polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, is composed of DEHP, by weight, according to a 2003 article in Pediatrics. -- by Melanie Evans
Nurses join push against DEHP
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