Sleep apnea is a medical condition that is treated with specialized medical devices. Many people rely on these devices every day to help improve their condition. Unfortunately, there has been a recall on sleep apnea devices and ventilators that could potentially have worsened the health of those who used it.
**IMPORTANT: Do NOT stop using your CPAP/BiPAP device without first consulting your physician. Even if the device has been recalled. The benefits of using a recalled CPAP/BiPAP device may outweigh the risks of stopping treatment.**
This past June, Philips announced a voluntary recall for millions of its ventilators, CPAP and BiLevel PAP devices. These machines are used to treat obstructive sleep apnea and come equipped with a fitted facemask, tubing and a machine that generates air pressure.
The recalled machines include:
· Dreamstation ASV®
· Dreamstation ST, AVAPS®
· SystemOne ASV4®
· C-Series ASV®
· C-Series S/T and AVAPS®
· OmniLab Advanced+®
· SystemOne (Q-Series)®
· DreamStation Go®
· Dorma 400®
· Dorma 500®
· REMstar SE Auto®
· Trilogy 100®
· Trilogy 200®
· Garbin Plus®, Aeris®, LifeVent®
· A-Series BiPAP Hybrid A30®
· A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto®
· A-Series BiPAP A40®
· A-Series BiPAP A30®
The FDA has identified the Philips recall as Class 1, the most severe type of recall. Philips recalled the devices because the polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam used to dampen sound and vibration while devices are in use may break down. This broken-down foam can release particles and chemicals that are harmful if swallowed or inhaled. These harmful chemicals that are emitted include toluene diamine, toluene diisocyanate, diethylene glycol, dimethyl diazene and Phenol, 2,6-bis (1,1-dimethylethyl)-4-(1-methylpropyl). Philips has also warned of potential health hazards of toxic emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from damaged foam.
Imagine using one of these machines thinking you are helping your condition only to find out you were inhaling toxic chemicals? This is unacceptable and Philips needs to be held accountable.
Long term side effects of PE-PUR inhalation or ingestion can include:
· Acute Respiratory Distress System (ARDS)
· Cancer (brain, breast, kidney, liver, lung, nasal, prostate, rectal, testicular, thyroid and/or stomach plus others)
· Chemical poisoning
· Heart attack or failure
· Kidney/renal damage or disease
· Lung damage or disease
· Reactive Airway Disease (RAD)
· Inflammation of the ear, nose and/or throat
If you or a loved one have used a recalled Philips sleep apnea device or ventilator and suffered injuries, you may be eligible to file a suit. The injury attorneys here at Fulmer Sill are ready to seek justice on your behalf. Let us hold Philips accountable for their design defects and failure to warn the public of the dangers sooner. Contact us at (405) 509-6300 to get started with a free case evaluation.
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