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Potential Health Risks Associated with CPAP Machines

In July 2021, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Class I recall of Philips Respironics, Inc. CPAP and BiPap devices due to a sound abatement foam in the machines that may degrade and cause severe health issues. Class I recall is the most severe classification and means that utilizing these devices may cause serious injuries or death.

Foam Degradation

The polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) foam reduces sound and vibration in the machines and may break down into small pieces, releasing toxic chemicals. If entered into the device’s air pathway and inhaled, it could lead to difficulty breathing, swelling, and a lack of oxygen.

The breakdown of the foam can also lead to severe health issues such as:

  • Increased risk of cancer

  • Respiratory inflammation

  • Carcinogenic and toxic effects

  • Organ and kidney issues

Exposure to Toxic Chemicals

The PE-PUR foam may degrade and potentially be inhaled. The black debris from the foam particles can result in potential side effects including:

  • Cough

  • Chest Pressure

  • Skin, nose, and eye irritation

  • Dizziness

  • Hypersensitivity

  • Nausea

The potential health risks associated with Philips Respironics, Inc. CPAP and BiPap devices raise significant concerns; if you have experienced a life-threatening injury due to these devices, it’s crucial to seek medical attention immediately.

The FDA also recommends that healthcare providers and people who use these machines report problems with their devices through the MedWatch Voluntary Reporting Form. It’s also essential to discuss any health issues you may be experiencing from this device with your healthcare provider.

Contact Our Starkville Product Liability Lawyers

Vollor Law Firm, P.A. has decades of experience in holding negligent parties accountable and fighting for our clients to obtain the justice they deserve. We have the resources and skills necessary to pursue claims against large companies whose unsafe products have caused damage or harm.

If you or a loved one has been hurt by a defective Philips Respironics, Inc. CPAP device, our priority is to help you recover damages to compensate for the injuries you have suffered. Contact us today at (662) 269-6188 to schedule a free case consultation and to discuss your options.