Teleflex Inc, Limerick, Pa, has introduced the Hudson RCI Softech Plus, a line of oxygen cannulas designed to improve patient comfort and reduce DEHP exposure.

The Softech Plus line of adult, pediatric, infant, and neonatal oxygen cannulas feature a soft material in both the cannula and the lariat tubing, which runs from the nasal prongs up to, over and around the ear. Softer materials have traditionally only been used for the prongs. By expanding this soft design to the lariat, the Hudson RCI cannula will improve comfort around the patient’s ears.

This new line of cannulas also features a non-DEHP material. Traditional nasal cannulas are commonly made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC). PVC is durable, inexpensive, and easily manufactured. However, the use of PVC in cannula manufacturing requires the addition of plasticizers to make the material more pliable. DEHP (di(2 ethylhexyl)phthalate) is the most often used plasticizer in PVC products.

Source: Teleflex Inc