Philips CPAP and Ventilator Recalls

 

Philips Healthcare Solutions recently announced it was recalling between three and four million Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (Bi-Level PAP), Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines and mechanical ventilator devices often used to treat sleep apnea.

Philips Recalls Devices Posing Serious Health Risks

The recall is due to risks of chemical and particulate exposure posed by noise-reducing foam used in the devices. As the foam breaks down over time, small pieces can be inhaled or digested by the user, causing both short and long-term damage. Possible side effects can include:

  • Headaches
  • Irritation
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Respiratory issues
  • Inflammation
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Cancer

Chemical and particulate exposure can also have carcinogenic effects, such as lung and throat cancer. Those using the recalled machines should discontinue use immediately. For those who depend on the treatment the machines provide, and your machine is on the recall list, contact your doctor to determine the best course of action.

Philips is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of sleep apnea machines. The recall is expected to cost more than half a billion dollars and will severely impact the company’s ability to serve new customers, creating a shortage in the marketplace as it works to repair and replace the affected machines.

Which Philips devices are affected by the recall?

  • Trilogy 100
  • Trilogy 200
  • Garbin Plus, Aeris, LifeVent
  • A-Series BiPAP Hybrid A30 (not marketed in U.S.)
  • A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto
  • A-Series BiPAP A40
  • A-Series BiPAP A30
  • E30 (Emergency Use Authorization)
  • DreamStation ASV
  • DreamStation ST, AVAPS
  • SystemOne ASV4
  • C-Series ASV
  • C-Series S/T and AVAPS
  • OmniLab Advanced+
  • SystemOne (Q-Series)
  • DreamStation
  • DreamStation Go
  • Dorma 400
  • Dorma 500
  • REMstar SE Auto

The Lanier Law Firm can help you. If you or someone you know depends on a Philips Bi-Level PAP, CPAP machine or mechanical ventilator and may have suffered adverse health effects stemming from its use, contact us using the form on this page. We can give you a free case evaluation and discuss your options.