Charlotte, North Carolina -Â Two large suppliers of goods to the US healthcare industry have developed a standardised set of labels and nomenclature to help hospitals make more effective purchasing decisions.
Among the new, standardised terms is "latex-free" which is designed to indicate products that do not use latex in their manufacture. The labelling is supported by Premier Healthcare Alliance and Cardinal Health.
â€œHospitals want to be latex-free,â€ said Gina Pugliese, vice president of Premier's Safety Institute., â€œbut they need good information to select and purchase products that are free of latex.â€
Other standardised terms include "DEHP-Free" for products without the plasticiser, DEHP ( Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate); "Mercury-Free" for products without mercury; and "PVC-Free" for products without polyvinyl chloride.
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Press release from Cardinal