Nurses: Taking Precautionary Action on a Pediatric Environmental Exposure: DEHP

Anna Gilmore Hall

Disclosures

Pediatr Nurs. 2006;32(1):91-93. 

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What You Can Do

One of the first steps to eliminating PVC from health care facilities is to identify which products contain it. Health Care Without Harm has developed a PVC/DEHP Audit Tool for help with this; see www.noharm.org/pvcDehp/reducingPVC.

Once DEHP-containing products have been identified, an evaluation of safer alternatives must be performed. Often it is beneficial to organize a committee of stakeholders to perform this evaluation and determine a plan for replacing DEHP-containing products with their safer DEHP-free counterparts.

The Environmental Health Hot Topics column focuses on issues, information, and practical guidelines related to environmental health problems, including sources of toxicants and resources for nurses to prevent, minimize, or treat adverse environmental exposures particularly as they relate to children. To suggest topics, obtain author guidelines, or to submit queries or manuscripts, contact Ann Pike-Paris, MS, RN, Section Editor; Pediatric Nursing, East Holly Avenue Box 56; Pitman, NJ 08071-0056; (856) 256-2300 or FAX (856) 256-2345.

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