Premature infants are exposed to unsafe levels of phthalates in medical products used to save their lives -- ScienceDaily

The chemical, di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP), is used to increase
flexibility of many plastic devices. These products, made from polyvinyl
chloride (PVC), include most intravenous tubing, catheters,
endotracheal tubes, and fluid and blood product bags. DEHP doesn't bind
chemically to PVC, and is able to leach into fluids and body tissues in
contact with it. New Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
research suggests that critically ill preterm infants may be exposed to
DEHP at levels approximately 4,000 to 160,000 times higher than those
believed to be safe. Infants can receive high exposures to DEHP during
weeks to months of treatment in a hospital's neonatal intensive care
unit (NICU).

The results are reported online Nov. 13 date by the Journal of Perinatology.

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