Answered March 7th, 2012 by Expert:
PVC is a controversial material and has been so for many years. And despite the fact that when PVC was introduced in the medical area in the 1960s the treatment of patients was revolutionised, the criticism has continued. The criticism is mostly regarding the use of the phthalate DEHP as a plasticiser, but the fact that single-use PVC devices must be incinerated after use also has been a concern. Even though some of the concerns are well founded (ie. the use of DEHP in vulnerable applications), most of the criticism is based on antiquated data, and it is my hope that on this website, I will be able to shed light on some of these misunderstandings by answering specific questions on the use of PVC in medical devices.