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What To Do if You Use a Recalled CPAP Machine

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February 28, 2022

On June 14, 2021, millions of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and bilevel positive airway pressure (BiLevel PAP) machines were recalled due to concerns over cancer risk. The recalled machines were manufactured by Philips between 2009 and April 26, 2021. Many of the affected machines were part of the DreamStation line. DreamStation 2 machines were not part of the recall. 

The recall, issued by the FDA, is a Class 1 recall — the most serious type. Understandably, people who have used these machines are unsure about what steps to take next. It may be tempting to immediately stop using your machine, but you should not do so without first talking to your healthcare provider. And recently, The FDA has published another Philips Respironics recall.

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Why Were CPAP Machines Recalled? 

The recalled CPAP machines contain polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam, which was found to potentially break down and enter the air pathway of the machines. 

According to the FDA, “If this occurs, black debris from the foam or certain chemicals released into the device’s air pathway may be inhaled or swallowed by the person using the device.” This foam was intended to reduce the sound and vibration produced by the machines. If you use a CPAP machine, you know that the device can be quite loud, but noise reduction should never be done at the expense of safety. 

When the foam breaks down and enters the air pathway, it may lead to various health risks, including cancer. The FDA also noted that health impacts may be life-threatening and may require medical intervention. Evaluation of other possible effects is still ongoing. 

Register for a New CPAP Machine

Those who use affected CPAP machines must find safe alternatives as soon as possible. 

Philips said they would replace or repair all affected machines by September 2022. You can contact Philips to get on the list for a replacement or repair of your machine. Additionally, visit this website to register your device if you haven’t already and to stay on top of the latest recall news from Philips. 

Talk to Your Healthcare Provider

It undoubtedly feels scary to find out you are using a product that has been recalled and that may be harmful to you. You may be tempted to discontinue using your CPAP immediately. However, this may be dangerous, and your healthcare provider might recommend that you continue to use your machine until you can find a safe alternative. 

In addition to finding a safe CPAP machine or while you wait for a repaired machine, your healthcare provider may also advise you on alternative ways to manage sleep apnea. These may include: 

  • Losing weight
  • Avoiding alcohol
  • Quitting smoking
  • Surgery
  • Changing your sleeping position 
  • Using an oral appliance
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In some cases, your healthcare provider may advise you to continue to use your recalled CPAP machine if he or she believes the benefit of using the machine outweighs the risk. Sleep apnea itself can lead to severe consequences, such as heart failure or hypertension. 

In this case, be sure to closely follow all cleaning instructions, as using an ozone cleaner could potentially exacerbate the foam breakdown. Exposure to excessive heat may also increase deterioration. If your healthcare provider’s recommendation to continue to use your machine is concerning to you, it is always within your right to seek a second opinion. 

Another reason to speak to your healthcare provider after using a recalled CPAP machine is so he or she can screen you for symptoms of exposure to the foam particles. While there is concern regarding increased cancer risk, broken-down PE-PUR in CPAP machines may lead to other health problems as well. 

Be on the lookout for and speak to your healthcare provider about any of the following symptoms: 

  • Skin, eye, and respiratory tract irritation
  • Cough
  • Asthma
  • Airway and respiratory inflammation
  • Headaches
  • Sinus infections
  • Liver, kidney, and other organ damage
  • Chest pressure

Your healthcare provider can work with you to create a treatment plan for any conditions that may have developed as a result of your recalled machine. He or she can also continually monitor you for any conditions that may take longer to develop. 

Seek Justice 

Finally, if you have been using a recalled CPAP machine, you don’t need to remain silent. Approximately two million people in the United States have been affected by the Philips CPAP recall, so if you’ve been using one of these machines, you’re not alone. A Philips CPAP foam lawsuit is already coming together, and law firms are asking people to speak up if they believe they have been injured or negatively impacted by a recalled CPAP. 
There have already been class-action lawsuits filed against Philips, and more are bound to come. Many people have also filed individual lawsuits. If you have been affected, you can seek justice for your illness or injuries by speaking to a Philips lawsuit lawyer.

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If you or a loved one were harmed by a Philips Respironics CPAP or BiPAP machine, you may be entitled to compensation.

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