Kaiser Permanente bans PVC tubing and bags

01/20/2012

Kaiser Permanente, which spends $1 billion annually on medical supplies, announced this morning that it will no longer buy intravenous (IV) medical equipment made with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and DEHP (di-2-ethyl hexyl phthalate) -type plasticizers.

The huge health West Coast health provider announced two years ago a plan to become more green and move away from PVC and today's announcement marks a challenge to PVC's dominant role in flexible tubing, bags and other supplies used in health care. Kaiser Permanente purchases 4.9 million IV tubing sets and 9.2 million solution bags each year. ...
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