Sleep apnea is one of the most common health problems in America, and it affects around 25% of men and around 10% of women. People with sleep apnea may intermittently stop breathing while asleep, which can result in extreme sleep deprivation and other health problems. Some people with sleep apnea rely on machines to help them breathe, but it was recently discovered that certain machines can put users’ long-term health at risk.
Recently, Philips Respironics recalled models of its bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines because of noise-reducing foam in the machines that can break down into small particles and be inhaled by users. This foam contains potentially carcinogenic chemicals, which means that over time, people who use these machines may be at an increased risk of developing cancer if they inhale or swallow the particles.
Which Devices Are Affected?
Both BiPAP and CPAP devices manufactured between 2009 and April 26, 2021 are affected by this recall. They 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
According to Healthline.com, around two million people in the U.S. will be affected by this recall.
What Should You Do if You Use a Recalled Device?
If you use a recalled BiPAP or CPAP machine manufactured by Phillips Respironics, it’s important to contact your doctor or healthcare provider right away. Don’t stop using the device without speaking to them first. After consulting with your doctor, you may need to switch to another device that doesn’t pose the same long-term health risks.
Phillips Respironics has stated that it will replace or repair affected BiPAP and CPAP machines for free within one year.
What Health Risks Do Users of the Recalled Devices Face?
Healthline.com reports that users may experience both short-term and long-term health effects from using the recalled BiPAP and CPAP machines. Short-term health problems may include:
- Skin irritation
- Allergic reactions
- Respiratory tract irritation leading to coughing and shortness of breath
- Eye and skin irritation
- Nausea and vomiting
Long-term side effects may include:
- Increased risk of cancer
We’re Here to Help People Harmed by Defective BiPAP and CPAP Machines
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can significantly impair quality of life. BiPAP and CPAP machines can help give sufferers their lives back, but millions of people were unknowingly putting themselves at risk by using dangerous and defective machines manufactured by Phillips Respironics.
If you or someone you love suffered health problems after using a BiPAP or CPAP machine manufactured by Phillips Respironics, our Indiana defective product lawyers want to help. Contact Wagner Reese today for a free consultation.