Issues from this group



This group acts to get medical centers to reduce use of incinerators and reduce medical waste. More than 40 hospitals, The American Nurses Association, Physicians for Social Responsibility and over 100 other organizations are currently involved.

Another important issue they work on is stopping the use of PVC plastics (used in IV drips) that leach plastics into the human body. DEHP is a probable human carcinogen according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Health Care Without Harm has gotten Baxter International, manufacturer of these IV bags and drip lines, to agree to develop and implement a plan for introducing IV bags that DO NOT contain PVC. No timetable has yet been established.

You can contact Baxter International 800-4-BAXTER or www.baxter.com/utilities/feedback.index.html

Ask Abbot Laboratories to do the same thing-phase out PVC medical products. www.abbott.com

This information came from The Breast Cancer Fund in an article written by Nancy Evans. TBCF is a founding member of Health Care Without Harm(HCWH).

Please find a link below for HCWH and TBCF.


Health Care Without Harm

PVC, DEHP and other issues

The Breast Cancer Fund

Research, advocacy, policy, environmental actions and more

Plastic Use w/Nutritional IVs

J Parenter Enteral Nutr, 9/02

Phthalate Tubing w/Newborns

J Parenter Enteral Nutr, 9/02

Hospitals Use TOXIC Pesticides

Healthcare Without Harm, Thanks to PANUPS, 12/03

Safer Alternatives to Burning Medical Waste: Illinois

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, 9/04

The health effects of waste incinerators
Chemical in Medical Plastics Hard on Heart

American Journal of Physiology, published online May 1, 2009


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