Philips announced in June 2021 that it was recalling millions of Philip CPAP machines because of potential health and safety risks, including potential cancer risks. The Philips CPAP recall was prompted by the use of polyurethane-based polyester sound abatement foam in the devices. It is postulated that the PE-PUR foam used in the devices may degrade into small particles that may be inhaled or ingested, or emit carcinogenic chemicals.
Philips machines and ventilators are affected by the Phillips CPAP recall and include:'
Read on for answers to three frequently asked questions about the Philips CPAP Lawsuit.
Why Were Philips CPAP Machines Recalled?
Philips voluntarily recalled some of its CPAP machines and ventilators over worries that the PE-PUR sound abatement foam might degrade and become toxic, potentially causing cancer. Philips noted that the degradation of foam may be exacerbated by unapproved cleaning methods such as ozone, and high heat and humidity environments.
Tiny particles and gases may be inhaled or ingested when the foam deteriorates. Chemical exposure and health issues such as headache, hypersensitivity, irritation, nausea, vomiting, and possible carcinogenic effects may result from CPAP use.
Philips states that the claim rate for health issues associated with the recalled products was just 0.03% in 2020. The company maintains that it has not received any statements indicating patients who were injured as a consequence of chemical emissions, but that it voluntarily recalled the items to ensure patient security.
What Should I Do If I am Using a Recalled Philips CPAP Machine?
Philips recommends that you discuss your options for continued CPAP treatment with your physician if you are using a Recalled Philips CPAP machine.
According to the recall notice, Philips recognizes that “alternate ventilator options for therapy may not exist or may be severely limited for patients who require a ventilator for life-sustaining therapy, or in cases where disruption is unacceptable. At the treating clinical team’s discretion, the benefits of continued ventilator use may outweigh the risks in these situations.”
Philips acknowledges that patients requiring life-sustaining ventilator therapy may not have alternate ventilator options or may have severely limited options, according to the recall notice. "The clinical team caring for these patients may decide that the ventilators' continued use is worth the risks.”
What Are the Health Risks?
If you breath in chemicals or swallow some of the small pieces of foam that has broken apart could potentially result in serious injury, including causing permanent impairment, and requiring medical intervention to prevent permanent injury, according to the FDA.
Call a Philips CPAP Lawyer if You Have a Recalled Philips CPAP Machine
Call a Philips CPAP lawyer today and see what he can do for you. There is no obligation and the case evaluation is always free. Give Philips CPAP lawyer Timothy L. Miles a call today.
Timothy L. Miles, Esq.
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