Case Study: Evergreen Hospital NICU Strives to Become DEHP- and PVC-free

A nurse in the Evergreen PEDS first raised concerns regarding di-2-ethylhextlphthalate (DEHP)/polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in early 2002 and brought the concerns to the attention of Eney Gaines Wrinkle, Equipment Material Coordinator for Women's and Children’s Services. Ms. Gaines Wrinkle went to work to research the issue. She quickly learned of the patient safety issues and the environmental and human health consequences of DEHP and PVC and sought to find replacement products to use in her NICU.