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Recall of Philips CPAP Machines Means Your Health Could Be At Risk

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that affects millions and their ability to function normally during the day. The most common symptoms are snoring and intermittent periods of non-breathing followed by gasping when breathing resumes.  When the sufferer awakens in the morning, they are usually feel tired and remain lethargic all day because they haven’t received a good night’s sleep. Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to a host of other health problems.

 

For years now, doctors have been prescribing CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines for their patients with sleep apnea. With a CPAP machine, the air pressure is somewhat greater than that of the surrounding air and is just enough to keep the upper airway passages open, preventing snoring and sleep apnea. They are often used in the patient’s home, but also in nursing homes, hospitals, ICU’s and NICU’s.

But now there is big problem with CPAPs that could affect your health even more severely than sleep apnea. On June 14, 2021, Philips Respironics ™,  the largest manufacturer of CPAPs in the country issued a voluntary recall of certain CPAPs and related equipment. The recall asserts that a component of certain machines – the polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam – may disintegrate into particles which could enter the device’s air pathway and be inhaled or ingested by the user.  Even more troublesome:  the PE-PUR foam may emit certain chemicals that could contribute to serious health issues (see below).

Philips’ recall letter can be read here:

https://www.philips.com/c-dam/b2bhc/master/landing-pages/src/update/documents/philips-recall-letter-2021-05-a-2021-06-a.pdf

The recall includes these devices, sold between 2009 and April 2021.

 

Continuous Ventilator, Non-life Supporting  
  • DreamStation ASV
  • DreamStation ST, AVAPS
  • SystemOne ASV4
  • C-Series ASV
  • C-Series S/T and AVAPS
  • OmniLab Advanced+

 

Noncontinuous Ventilator  
  • SystemOne (Q-Series)
  • DreamStation
  • DreamStation Go
  • Dorma 400
  • Dorma 500
  • REMstar SE Auto

 

Continuous Ventilator  
  • Trilogy 100
  • Trilogy 200
  • Garbin Plus, Aeris, LifeVent

 

Continuous Ventilator, Minimum Ventilatory Support, Facility Use  
  • A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto

 

Continuous Ventilator, Non-life Supporting  
  • A-Series BiPAP A40
  • A-Series BiPAP A30

 

 

The recall states that these device defects can cause life-threatening or chronic impairment, requiring medical intervention.

Injuries that may be caused by exposure to particulates and chemicals include:

  • Lung Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Kidney Failure
  • Liver Failure
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Serious Respiratory Issues (including Asthma, Fibrosis, Restrictive Lung Disease)
  • Transplantation of Lungs, Liver, Kidneys
Duffield, Lovejoy & Boggs, PLLC is working with leading national counsel in unsafe medical device litigation to investigate these cases on behalf of patients who have been injured after using a Philips CPAP, BiPAP or Ventilator device.  If you think you’ve been injured by one of these devices, call our office immediately.

 

 

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