Feeding tubes for neonates – leaching of plasticizers in food simulating solutions and resulting changes in mechanical properties. -

INTRODUCTION: Leaching of plasticizers, especially the phthalate DEHP (diethylhexyl phthalate), from PVC materials is well-known, and health-concerns are raised with regards to human exposure to DEHP leached from the materials [1]. Still, PVC tubes are used as feeding tubes, also for neonates and prematures. At Haukeland University Hospital (Bergen, Norway), the use of PVC feeding […]