Anatomical Concepts, Inc. Expands Campaign that Warns Hospital Administrators of the Risks Associated with Using PVC-based Plastics in Medical Devices

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The company revealed earlier in 2012 how a class of thermoplastics have been initiated into the orthotic landscape with little regard for the imminent danger it presents to both the health care professional and the patients themselves.

Anatomical Concepts, Inc.

Anatomical Concepts, Inc.

"Purchasing agents should look for materials that are structurally sound, easy to adjust, free of PVC-based plastics, and produce better patient outcomes." - Joe Whiteside, CO/LO, Vice President and Clinical Director of R&D for Anatomical Concepts, In

Anatomical Concepts, Inc. (http://www.anatomicalconceptsinc.com), designer and manufacturer of industry-leading medical devices, custom-fit and custom-fabricated orthoses for both upper and lower extremities, has expanded its campaign to warn medical professionals about the risks of using PVC-based plastics in orthotics.

A direct mail campaign was sent to hospital administrators throughout Ohio, and the company is planning to expand the campaign to other regions of the country. Additionally, the company’s product advertising this year included the statement, “Anatomical Concepts does not use PVC-based plastics, nor Kydex®, nor Latex in any product, which, when heated, can pose health risks to both medical professionals and patients.” This has raised awareness to the dangers of PVC-based plastics in orthotics.

Further, the company has produced a Hospital Product Safety Checklist, available upon request, and appropriate for all medical facilities working with orthotics. The checklist includes these items:

  • All brands of orthopedic braces are free of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC).
  • Suppliers of these products have informed you whether their products contain PVC.
  • Suppliers have informed you that heating these products to attempt improving functionality can contribute to the real danger of releasing the carcinogen Dioxin into your facility.
  • You’ve considered products that fulfill your physicians’ prescriptions, in line with Medicare allowable fees, that contain no PVC.
  • Your purchasing department has been informed of these health concerns and legal risks. Profit should never be the ultimate goal, especially when these health risks are clearly documented.

William A. DeToro, CPO, LPO, President of Anatomical Concepts, shared, “Medical professionals are realizing that as an industry and as professionals, we can no longer ignore the documented dangers of using PVC-based plastics in orthotics. The health risks to patients and the orthotists who fit them is alarming, not to mention the legal implications that could follow.”

“Purchasing agents should look for materials that are structurally sound, easy to adjust, free of PVC-based plastics, and produce better patient outcomes,” advised Joe Whiteside, CO/LO, Vice President and Clinical Director of R&D. “All these criteria can be met in numerous orthotic devices, and well within Medicare allowable fees.”

The company’s previous announcement, “Risks associated with the use of PVC-based plastics in Orthotics,” can be downloaded from the Anatomical Concepts, Inc. website in its entirety at http://www.anatomicalconceptsinc.com/use-of-pvc-based-plastics. The article may be downloaded in PDF format from the Anatomical Concepts, Inc. website at http://bit.ly/pvcplasticsinorthotics.

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noharm.org/global/issues/toxins/pvc_phthalates/action.php
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About Anatomical Concepts Inc. USA
Since 1990, Anatomical Concepts has developed industry-leading medical devices, custom-fit and custom-fabricated orthoses for both upper and lower extremities. Anatomical Concepts Inc. is the manufacturer and distributor of the V-Vas™ Knee Orthosis (KO) and Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis (KAFO). It is a team of practitioners, designers, and manufacturers utilizing advanced technology to develop superior products that not only deliver effective outcomes, but present ease-of-use for the medical professional. The company is the original concept developer of the PRAFO® Orthosis, its patented design for the orthotic management of the ankle foot that minimizes undesired contact with the boney prominences of the ankle or foot.

Anatomical Concepts is headquartered in Poland, OH, and provides medical devices, services, and consulting both nationally and internationally. The company's innovative product line has inspired the procurement of over seventeen US product patents and or trademarks. Providing solutions for medical professionals and helping to improve patient outcomes is still the driving force behind the corporation. Anatomical Concepts, Inc. products are FDA registered and also carry the CE marking. All products, including the ELLIOTT™, are designed, manufactured, and trademarked by Anatomical Concepts, Inc.

To learn more about Anatomical Concepts’ range of products, learning resources, and events, please visit http://www.anatomicalconceptsinc.com or call (800) 837-3888.

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