Continuous positive airway pressure machines (CPAP) and bilevel positive airway pressure machines (BiPAP) are very common medical devices used in the home and are sometimes required by patients as the only way to ensure a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately, it’s come to light that these machines made to assist patients in having restful sleep, may be doing more harm than good. On June 14, 2021, a Class I FDA recall, the most serious and urgent type of recall, was issued for certain Philips CPAP, BiPAP, and ventilator machines, including those used for COVID patients. While this information may be alarming, it is important first to determine whether you have an affected machine, consulting with your physician regarding usage, and exploring your options for moving forward.
On April 26, 2021, Philips released a public announcement via its 2021 Quarter One Report wherein they note issues with certain models’ sound abatement systems. The sound abatement system, made up of a polyester-based polyurethane foam, was noted as degrading over time, releasing toxic gases and small particles which users can inhale. With over three million affected devices, there are many people in the same situation of trying to figure out whether their device has been recalled. The complete list of recalled machines can be found here: Philips CPAP, BiPAP, and Ventilator Recall of June 26, 2021, along with additional information. Included in that information is a website and a phone number that Philips has created to determine first, if your device is affected, and second, to register your device for a repair or replacement.
Unfortunately, it has been discovered that inhaling the toxic gases and small particles can lead to devastating, permanent injuries. It is even noted that these gases contain carcinogens, or chemicals that can lead to cancers. Patients using these devices have experienced mild symptoms including headache, skin and eye irritation, nausea, cough, and upper respiratory infections. On the more severe side, cancers, including lung, nasal, leukemia, and lymphatic are possible. While this information may be worrying, it is key to find out what the facts are, whether you have an affected machine, discussion with your physician about whether to continue using it, and finding the right attorney to guide you through the litigation process if you have been injured.
The medical device attorneys at The Simon Law Firm, P.C. are ready to review your potential case, stand by your side throughout the entire litigation process, and work to hold Philips accountable for the harm they have done. We hope to provide the peace that was stripped away by a company’s negligence and to finally help you sleep better at night. If you or a loved one has used an affected Philips CPAP, BiPAP, or ventilator and an injury has followed, including respiratory illnesses, diseases, or cancer, please contact The Simon Law Firm, P.C. today to have a free, confidential consultation.