PVC in Medical Devices - the Basics

Learn about the basics of PVC in medical devices in this infographic.
PVC in Medical Devices - the Basics

Disposable devices

PVC is the most used plastic material for disposable medical devices (e.g. blood bags, urine bags, tubing, IV kits, transfusion kits)

PVC eliminated cross-contamination

PVC revolutionised health care in the 1960s – eliminated cross-contamination.


PVC is the most affordable plastic material.

Several alternatives to DEHP

For many years the phthalate DEHP was the main plasticiser in soft PVC. Several alternatives have been developed, so DEHP can now be replaced while keeping the unique technical properties of PVC.


Pilot projects in Australia and the UK show that post-use PVC medical devices can be recycled.

See more infographics on PVC in healthcare.

Learn more about PVC and plasticisers.

Learn more about PVC hospital waste recycling.