Hospitals opt for less-toxic medical equipment

As the wee tots who end up in neonatal intensive care tend to be a bit on the vulnerable side, leading medical organizations are urging hospitals to swap medical equipment containing icky chemical DEHP — which can include IV tubing and blood bags — for safer alternatives. The good news: some DEHP-free products are cheaper and lighter than their toxic counterparts. The bad news: some manufacturers are reluctant to disclose which of their products contain the chemical, citing trade secrets.

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