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On June 14, 2021, Philips announced a voluntary recall of certain respiratory and ventilator devices over concerns that a certain foam component can break down and cause health risks, including cancer. The polyurethane-based foam is used to muffle the noise made by the breathing devices and reportedly has the potential to release toxic particles and hazardous gases into the air as it degrades.

The recall includes some 3 to 4 million devices, half of which have been sold in the United States.

Which Devices Are Affected?

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  • Certain Philips Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure machines (Bi-Level PAP)
  • Certain Philips Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine (CPAP)
  • Certain Life-Sustaining Mechanical Ventilator Devices
Philips has also announced the potential for health risks associated with “off-gassing,” the release of dangerous chemicals into the air as the foam degrades. While no reports have been made regarding this specific scenario, patients should be aware of the indications of off-gassing. The following conditions may be linked to  the use of Philips  CPAP, Bi-Pap, and ventilator devices:
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Disease
  • Asthma
  • Emphysema
  • Pulmonary Edema
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • COPD
  • Acute Respiratory Failure Distress Syndrome ARDS
  • Pneumoconiosis
Symptoms reported have thus-far been correlated to the Philips recall:
  • Airway irritation and inflammation
  • Skin, eye and respiratory tract irritation
  • Headache
  • Lethargy
  • Trouble breathing/Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness
  • Organ damage (liver, kidney and others)
  • Inflammatory response
  • Atelectasis (partial or complete lung collapse)
  • Cough
  • Mucus Production
  • Sinus/Respiratory infection
  • Upper airway irritation
  • Chest pressure
  • Carcinogenic effects

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

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According to Philips company guidelines, if you are using an affected CPAP or Bi-Level Pap device, you should “discontinue use of your device and work with your physician or Durable Medical Equipment(DME) provider to determine the most appropriate options for continued treatment.”

If you are using an affected Life-Sustaining Ventilator Device, “do not stop or alter your prescribed therapy until you have talked to your physician.”

Boesen Law is investigating this matter. If you or someone you know has been affected by the recall of a Philips B-Level PAP, CPAP, or has been treated using a Philips mechanical ventilator, please contact us at 303-999-9999.

For more information regarding the recall and for Philips’ contact information, click here.

For a complete list of affected ventilator devices, click here.

For a complete list of affected Bi-Level PAP and CPAP machines, click here.

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On June 14, 2021, Philips announced a voluntary recall of certain respiratory and ventilator devices over concerns that a certain foam component can break down and cause health risks, including cancer.

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