Philips CPAP Machine Recall

Philips is known for creating quality health care products, but in June 2021 the company had to recall some of their CPAP machines due to a potential health hazard. The specific models included in the recall are available online, but you can read more about what machines included in the Philips CPAP recall below and what to do if you’re a victim of the negative health effects of these machines.

What is a Philips CPAP Machine?

You might own a Philips CPAP machine and not even know it. A CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure machine, is a device that helps people who suffer from sleep apnea by providing a constant stream of air to keep their airways open while they sleep. Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can lead to health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, and even stroke.

The affected CPAP machines were sold under the brand names “DreamStation” and “System One.” The recall was issued after it was discovered that there is a potential health issue that could cause respiratory distress and increased risk of cancer. This threat poses a serious health hazard to those using the machine, as well as decreased health outcomes for people struggling with obstructive sleep apnea, as reported in some studies.

Which Specific Machines Are Part of the Recall?

The specific machines that are part of the recall, as reported by the FDA, include:

Continuous Ventilator, Minimum Ventilatory Support, Facility:

Continuous Ventilator, Non-life Supporting:

  • DreamStation ASV
  • DreamStation ST, AVAPS
  • SystemOne ASV4
  • C-Series ASV
  • C-Series S/T and AVAPS
  • OmniLab Advanced+

Noncontinuous Ventilator:

  • SystemOne (Q-Series)
  • DreamStation
  • DreamStation Go
  • Dorma 400
  • Dorma 500
  • REMstar SE Auto

Why Are These Machines Involved In the Recall?

These specific machines use a sound dampener made of polyurethane. This sound dampener works to reduce the noise that the machine makes, however it has been found to release chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Studies have found that exposure to VOCs from Urethane is a probable carcinogen, meaning it can lead to an increased risk of cancer.

What Should You Do If You Own One of These Machines?

If you own one of the machines included in this list, it’s important to register your machine and contact Philips. The FDA has stated that people should talk to their healthcare provider immediately for next steps. You can find more information on the recall, as well as how to register your machine on the Philips website.

After you register your machine, Philips will start a replace and repair program, which allows you to ship your machine to them and have it repaired. The polyurethane in the machine will be removed, and you will be sent a new machine free of charge.

While this repair program sounds like a good plan, NPR reports that many people are still without machines as of October 2022. If you are in need of a machine, Philips has said that they will work with you on an individual basis to ensure that you have the care that you need.

Find Help From a Lawyer For Your Recall Today

If you or someone you know has been affected by the Philips CPAP recall, contact a lawyer to discuss your legal options. Unfortunately, for people with sleep apnea, stopping use of their CPAP might be difficult if not impossible. Fortunately, you can get compensation to help address the risks and health issues associated with Philips. No one deserves to be put in this position, and you may be able to hold Philips accountable.