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Philips Recalls Dreamstation CPAP Devices and Ventilators Because of Health Risks

Philips has recalled specific bi-level positive airway pressure (bi-level PAP), continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), and mechanical ventilator devices because of their potential health risks like lung cancer. Most of the devices subject to recall are part of the first-generation family of Dreamstation CPAP products.

In its press release, Philips advised the public that based on testing, the company has learned that the foam used to abate the sound of the machines can degrade over time, causing potentially dangerous conditions for users.

What Makes The Bi-Level PAP, CPAP, and Ventilators Dangerous?

Philips uses the PE-PUR sound abatement foam in its millions of bi-level PAP, CPAP, and mechanical ventilator machines. The foam’s purpose is to reduce the noise the machine produces when in use. One risk of using this type of foam is that it can degrade over time and under certain conditions. The foam can degrade into tiny particles, which can then enter the devices’ air tubes and be ingested or inhaled by the user. Philips told the public that some things might exacerbate the foam degradation, such as unapproved cleaning methods or high humidity.

The foam may also release chemicals through a process called “off-gassing” or “out-gassing,” which can be harmful when inhaled.

Inhaling or ingesting toxic particles or gasses can contribute to many dangerous health conditions, primarily lung cancer.

What Are the Possible Health Risks From Using the Recalled CPAP and Ventilator Machines?

If the foam degrades and enters the body, it can put the user at risk of developing dangerous symptoms and health conditions.
According to Philips, the risks associated with inhaling these particles might include:

  • Headaches
  • Irritation of your throat and airway
  • Inflammation
  • Respiratory problems
  • Cancer
  • Toxic effects

The risks associated with off-gassing can include:

  • Headaches
  • Irritation
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Cancer
  • Toxic effects

Philips is motoring adverse effect reports associated with their products. The company claims that they have received no reports of death as associated with the noise abatement foam in its Dreamstation CPAP but has received reports of “possible patient impact” due to foam degradation. Philips has received no reports of patients suffering injuries from off-gassing.

What Should You Do If you Use A Recalled Ventilator, Bi-Level PAP, or CPAP?

Philips advises that patients using the recalled Bi-Level PAP or CPAP should discontinue using the machines. Philips further recommends speaking to your health care provider about alternative devices and/or the benefits versus the risks of continuing with your current system if there are no apparent satisfactory alternatives.

Philips is working on correcting the problem by preparing to replace the foam with a different sound abatement foam that does not pose the same risks. It is also increasing the production of the Dreamstation 2 CPAP devices, which are manufactured with different, safer foam.

For individuals using the recalled ventilator machines for life-sustaining purposes, they must consult with their doctor before doing anything. It might be more dangerous to stop using the device than the potential risks of continuing its use.

If You Are a Long-Term User of a Philips CPAP, Philips Bi-Level CPAP, or Philips Mechanical Ventilator and Were Diagnosed With Cancer, You Might Be Eligible For Compensation

Call our Philips CPAP cancer lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP, to find out if you are entitled to file a lawsuit. If you used a Philips CPAP and developed lung cancer, you might be able to hold Philips accountable and collect substantial compensation.

Call our CPAP recall lawyers today at 800-403-6191 for a free evaluation of your Philips CPAP lung cancer claim.

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