Patients can be exposed to BPA in some medical devices, such as medical syringes and tubing, implants, catheters, and specific dental materials.
The level of BPA exposure of
patients is similar to that of consumers. Patient exposure is
generally below the current European standard for safe exposure,
and thus adverse effects are consequently not expected. However,
for specific groups, the level of exposure can be higher than the
current European standard.
In particular, the exposure of premature infants and young
children undergoing long-term medical treatment deserves attention.
This group is at risk because of the relatively high level and long
period of exposure. Also, given recent indications of possible
adverse effects on the immune system of the unborn child and
infants, protection of this group deserves special attention.
Exposure to BPA can come from
tools that are necessary for medical reasons, for example, for the
treatment of a child in an intensive care unit.