New studies have recently identified that the DreamStation and other Philips CPAP, BiPAP, and ventilator units have been manufactured with a defective sound abatement foam since 2009. Research now shows that degradation of PE-PUR foam can lead range of different negative health effects.
What Are CPAP Devices?
The acronym CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. First designed in 1980, CPAP devices were created to address patients afflicted with sleep apnea. With the use of a steady flow of oxygen to the nose and mouth, CPAP devices are effective and keeping the airways open and maintaining normal breathing patterns.
These differ from Bi-Paps in that there is only one pressure setting, although both are classified within the broader ventilator category.
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Has Philips Recalled any CPAP Devices?
Yes, in June of 2021 Philips has recalled CPAP, BiPAP, and Respironics ventilator machines. The FDA has also issued a safety communication with more information and details about the Philips CPAP recall.
What Is Wrong with the Foam in CPAP Devices?
The sound abatement foam utilized in a range of Philips CPAP, BiPAP, and ventilator devices is defective in that the foam itself degrades in an unsafe way. Beyond causing a range of health issues that occur due to particles of deteriorating foam, there is an added threat to CPAP users of “Outgassing.” This release of toxic gasses from the deterioration of the foam, or outgassing, has been tied to additional health issues and a variety of potential cancers.
Some common examples of health issues tied to outgassing are:
- Various cancers
- Respiratory distress or failure
- Heart attack
- Chemical burns
- Brain damage
- Cellular damage to DNA
What Cancers Is Polyurethane Foam Degradation Associated with?
Unfortunately, many cancers have already been linked to outgassing from CPAP foam. These include:
- Stomach Cancer
- Testicular Cancer
- Thyroid Cancer
- Acute Respiratory Distress System (ARDS)
- Bladder Cancer
- Brain Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Hematopoietic Cancer
- Kidney Cancer
- Liver Cancer
- Liver Damage
- Lung Cancer
- Rectal Cancer
- Lymphatic Cancer
- Multiple Myeloma
- Nasal Cancer
- Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Papillary Carcinoma
- Prostate Cancer
How Many Philips Devices Have Been Recalled?
It has been estimated between 2 million to 3 million Philips CPAP, Bi-PAP, and ventilation devices have been recalled. Two-thirds of the recalled devices have been estimated to have been sold in the United States.
If your Philips ventilator, CPAP, or Bi-PAP machine is on the below chart it has been recalled. More recalls may occur, so feel free to call our experienced team to confirm if your machine has been added to the recall list.
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Have You Used a Philips CPAP, BiPAP, or Ventilation Device?
Anyone who has used a Philips CPAP, BiPAP, and ventilation devices have been advised by Philips to immediately discontinue use and consult with their doctor regarding alternative options. However, with life-sustaining devices patients should first consult with their physician regarding the risks before discontinuing use.
If you or a loved one has experienced complications after using any of the recalled Philips CPAP, BiPAP, or ventilator machines you may be eligible to file a claim for medical costs, emotional distress and further damages. As more and more negative health side effects of these devices are emerging, we recommend speaking to an experienced Philips CPAP attorney. To learn more, fill out our free case evaluation form or call us at (800)537-8185 for your free consultation. The experienced mass tort attorneys at Morris Bart can assist you in the evaluation process. Click here to see more about our office locations throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas. Contact us today!
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