Preemies Might Be Harmed By Plastic Used To Treat Them
Johns Hopkins University researchers warn hospital equipment containing DEHP might be harming infants by interfering with hormone production.By Madison Burke | November 13, 2014
Hospitalized premature babies might be harmed by the very equipment used to treat them, according to a new study by Johns Hopkins University.
The study found infants were being exposed to a chemical most commonly referred to as DEHP.
DEHP is used to increase the flexibility of some plastic devices, and researchers found it in hospitals' tubing, catheters, and fluid and blood product bags. Researchers said the infants' greatest exposure came from the tubes placed in the babies' airways for breathing support.