DEHP A Harmful Chemical in Catheters

Summit Services & Supplies, is A patient choice company. Our Summit Services & Supplies Team are dedicated to educating our staff, our clients, and our medical providers about DEHP.

What is DEHP?

DEHP, which is an abbreviation of di-(2-Ethylhexyl)phthalate, is a manufactured chemical plasticizer that is often a component in vinyl or plastic products. DEHP is colorless and has almost no scent, and can be in the catheter you may currently use.

DEHP is used to soften plastics and it is indifferent manufacturers’ products to make them flexible. Summit Services & Supplies encourages our clients to check for the warning label on their existing products. At intake, we educate our customers of these products and encourage them to read the information on each manufacturer’s label on the boxes.

Why is DEHP Harmful?

Why am I being warned about potential exposure to DEHP?

  • DEHP is on the Proposition 65 list because it can cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.
  • Exposure to DEHP may increase the risk of cancer, and may also harm the male reproductive system.
  • Exposure to DEHP during pregnancy may affect the development of the child.
  • Proposition 65 requires businesses to determine if they must provide a warning about exposure to listed chemicals.

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How can I find  Warning Label on My Catheters?

What is Proposition 65?  It is alsWarning label on catheter products on boxo known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, which is a law that requires California to publish listings of chemicals that may possibly cause harm to health.


How does exposure to DEHP occur?

  • DEHP can be gradually released from consumer products into indoor environments such as homes, schools, daycare centers, offices, and cars.  It settles on floors and other surfaces and can accumulate in dust and air.
  • Exposure can result from contact with medical devices or during medical procedures in which devices or equipment containing DEHP are used.
  • Low levels of DEHP have been detected in some foods that have been in contact with plastics during processing and packaging.
  • During pregnancy, DEHP can pass from mother to baby.
  • DEHP is a softening agent used in some catheter products.

Go to California Website for all DEHP information