Philips promised a good night’s sleep, but now millions of CPAP users are up all night worrying about the dangerous side effects from their poorly manufactured sleep apnea machines.
Patients battling sleep apnea desperately need these CPAPs, BiPAPs, and ventilators in order to breathe while they sleep.
What they don’t need are worsening health concerns. What they don’t need are faulty devices that make them sick and increase their risk of dying.
They didn’t sign up for cancer, organ failure, and life-threatening breathing problems.
In June 2021 Philips recalled between 3-4 million Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines that Americans with sleep apnea were depending on. Philips Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (Bi-Level PAP), Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), and mechanical ventilator devices are all included in this recall and should no longer be used.
Philips inserts a polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) foam into its machines to soften the noise and vibrations they create. This foam degrades over time, releasing small particles that are extremely dangerous when inhaled by users.
These particles travel through the tubes of the devices and into the face masks worn by the patient as they sleep. The very same air forcing the airways to remain open so the patient can breathe is now delivering toxic, carcinogenic chemicals straight into their lungs.
Chemical exposure and off-gassing from these particles has been shown to create even worse health problems for patients using Philips CPAP machines and ventilators to treat sleep apnea.
If your doctor has diagnosed you with any of the following conditions, they may be the result of toxic particles from PE-PUR foam in your Philips device:
- Acute Respiratory Distress System (ARDS)
- Chemical poisoning
- Kidney, Lung, or Liver disease or damage
- Kidney, Lung, or Liver failure
- Pleural Effusion
- Respiratory failure
- Reactive Airway Disease (RAD)
- Severe ear, nose, throat inflammation
- Whole body fatigue or dizziness
Phillips plans to have all recalled machines repaired by October of 2022 – but that’s a long time off for those battling sleep apnea now. Especially those who trusted Philips and have developed serious medical complications as a result of unsafe manufacturing. Sleeping through the night shouldn’t be a luxury, and it shouldn’t cost you your life.
If your device is included on the recall list, do not return it to the manufacturer – keep it in case it is needed for evidence in a lawsuit.
Philips estimates that 3 to 4 million sleep apnea machines are affected in the 2021 recall, the majority of which are first-generation DreamStation products sold before April 2021. Check to see if your Philips sleep apnea device is one of the following:
- DreamStation ASV
- DreamStation (ST, AVAPS)
- SystemOne (ASV4)
- C Series (ASV, S/T, AVAPS)
- SystemOne (Q Series)
- DreamStation (CPAP, Auto CPAP, BiPap)
- DreamStation GO (CPAP, AP)
- Dorma 400 CPAP
- Dorma 500 CPAP
- Trilogy 100 Ventilator
- Trilogy 200 Ventilator
- Garbin Plus Ventilator
- Aeris Ventilator
- LifeVent Ventilator
Using a CPAP for sleep apnea shouldn’t force you to trade one set of health problems for another – especially organ failure and cancer. While a lawsuit won’t change your diagnosis, it could help pay for expensive medical bills, medications/treatments, lost quality of life, and time missed at work due to illness.
But most importantly, a lawsuit will send a message to the manufacturers of faulty CPAP machines that this kind of irresponsible manufacturing is unacceptable. Help protect others from being hurt by similar products in the future. Contact us today for a completely free and confidential consultation to see if you or your loved ones are eligible to file suit against Philips for their irresponsible sleep apnea machine manufacturing practices.