If you or someone you know uses a CPAP/Bi-Level PAP machine or ventilator, it is important to know that some have been recalled due to issues that have increased the risk of patients developing cancer. The devices, which are made by Royal Philips, have been recalled for issues with degradation of the machinery.
According to the sleep apnea machine recall, the devices degrade over time and release dangerous gasses and toxins. These could then lead to cancer. Other medical issues could also occur, such as toxicity and chronic respiratory issues.
What makes these sleep apnea devices so dangerous?
In the recall, there are a few different machines manufactured between 2009 and April 26, 2021, including the Philips’ Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure and mechanical ventilator devices. These devices contain a foam used to reduce noise. This sound-abatement goal is made with polyester-based polyurethane, which can break down over time. As the foam breaks apart, it may start to release gasses and trace particles that enter the airways and lungs. They are potentially toxic and may lead to serious medical issues.
Users of the machines should look for black debris
When the foam starts to degrade, black debris is released into the device’s pathways. There, it could be either swallowed or inhaled by the person using the machine. Unfortunately, this debris is toxic and may cause numerous health issues.
Which devices are being recalled?
Some of the devices being recalled include:
- SystemOne (Q-Series)
- DreamStation and Dreamstation Go
- Dorma 400 and 500
- C-Series ASV
- C-Series S/T and AVAPS
- Trilogy 100
- A-Series BiPAP A40
- Garbin Plus, Aeris, LifeVent
This is not an exhaustive list. The full details can be found on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recall page.
What should you do if you’ve been affected by this recall?
If your or someone you love has used these machines or suffered an injury as a result of using them, it’s a good idea to look into getting more information on your legal rights. You may be able to make a product liability claim for any injuries or damages suffered as a result of using these medical devices.