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Millions of consumers use CPAP, BiPap, and other mechanical ventilators for treatment of sleep apnea and other breathing concerns during sleep.
In June 2021, Philips Respironics issued a recall of its CPAP and BiPap devices due to complaints that the foam used to insulate its products degraded, leading to potential injuries from inhalation and toxic fumes.
CPAP therapy is the standard form of treatment for sleep apnea. Users wear a mask over the nose and mouth where positive airflow is delivered to create inward pressure to prevent the user’s airway from collapsing during breathing at night. Essentially, CPAP machines and other mechanical ventilators force air into the airway where there is an obstruction and prevents respiratory depression.
In July 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alerted people who use Philips Respironics mechanical ventilators, BiPAP, and CPAP, and their health care providers that Philips Respironics has recalled certain devices due to potential health risks, including cancer.
The Philips’ CPAP recall notice advised customers that they may have been exposed to dangerous foam particles and chemicals when the device is in use. The foam – a polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) – reduces the amount of vibration and noise when the machines are in use.
This foam degrades over time, potentially entering the device’s air pathway and leaving tiny black particles in the machine. These particles may be inhaled or swallowed by the person using the device. Additionally, foam degradation may occur or be exacerbated by high heat and high humidity environments and by use of unapproved cleaning methods, such as ozone.
Philips estimates that 3-4 million devices may have been affected by this defective sound abatement foam.
We are currently investigating legal claims surrounding the use of the recalled defective Philips machine. Please contact us now to see if you qualify.
Below is a list of the recalled Philips CPAP machines and ventilators
Source: Philips Respironics
Numerous health risks have been attributed to the foam degradation process, both from inhaling the particles and from exposure to the particulates and gases.
When there is the presence of black debris/particles within device’s airways
Where users are exposed to particulates
When chemicals are released into the device’s air pathways from the PE-PUR foam
If you believe you may have sustained an injury due to a recalled Philips sleep-apnea device, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact one of our attorneys immediately to evaluate your potential case.
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