In June of 2021, Philips Respironics issued a voluntary recall of certain CPAP and BiPAP machines manufactured between 2009 and 2021. The FDA labeled this a Class I recall, which means that there is a reasonable probability that the use of this product could cause serious adverse health issues or even death. The link to the FDA recall is here:
Why Did Philips Issue a Recall for CPAP and BiPAP Machines?
The CPAP and BiPAP machines manufactured between 2009 and April 2021 (see list below), were designed with a soundproofing foam that can breakdown over time and release toxic particles or chemicals that could be inhaled by the users of these machines. The soundproofing foam is a polyester-based foam. The problems seem largely associated with the Philips DreamStation line, especially in machines that are greater than three years old and are exposed to high heat and/or high humidity.
Recalled Philips device brands include:
- A-Series BiPAP A30
- A-Series BiPAP A40 (ventilator)
- A-Series BiPAP Hybrid A30
- A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto (ventilator)
- C-Series ASV (ventilator)
- C-Series S/T and AVAPS
- DreamStation ASV
- DreamStation Go
- DreamStation ST, AVAPS
- Dorma 400
- Dorma 500
- Garbin Plus, Aeris, LifeVent (ventilator)
- OmniLab Advanced+
- REMstar SE Auto
- SystemOne ASV4
- SystemOne (Q-Series)
- Trilogy 100 (ventilator)
- Trilogy 200 (ventilator)
What Are Some of the Indicators of a Problem with My Philips CPAP or BiPAP Machine?
People who regularly use a Philips CPAP or BiPAP Machine to address sleep apnea should be aware of some of the possible signs of exposure to toxic chemicals. Users should be alert to any of the possible side effects, which include:
- Irritation of the skin, eyes, nose or respiratory system
- Pressure in the Chest
- Sinus Infections
- Airway Inflammation
Exposure to these types of toxic particles can cause long term health problems such as kidney, liver or lung cancer. The chemicals can also cause or worsen existing asthma and other respiratory problems.
What Should I Do if I have One of the Recalled CPAP or BiPAP Machines?
Philips has recommended that you register your device on their website to determine if your machine is affected by the recall (https://www.usa.philips.com/healthcare/e/sleep/communications/src-update ). Do not try to remove or clean the foam in your device. You should consult your doctor as to further use of the device.
If you believe you have suffered injuries as a result of being exposed to toxic chemicals associated with the CPAP and BiPAP machines, you may want to contact an attorney. Attorney Brett Oppenheimer has experience in pharmaceutical product liability and medical device litigation. Brett can help answer your questions and help determine if you have a case to investigate and pursue. Use the contact form on this page or call him at (502)242-8877 for a free consultation.