One Stop on the Toxic Voyage

Medical practitioners seldom consider where the materials they use in daily practice come from or where they go once discarded. But it is important to realize that many disposable medical devices contain polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which gives off dioxin when produced and when incinerated. Likewise, mercury in devices like thermometers easily ends up as an environmental toxin. Tips on reducing PVC and mercury in the medical waste stream.

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