Philips CPAP Machine Recall

Millions of Philips Respironics CPAP machines, BiPAP machines, and Mechanical Ventilators have been recalled because of a defect that could cause cancer or serious lung injury.

Philips CPAP Machine Recall Attorney

Our medical device attorneys believe that anyone harmed by products included in the Philips CPAP Machine Recall might be entitled to financial compensation for their injury-related damages, including:

  • Medical bills,
  • Lost wages,
  • Pain and suffering,
  • And more.

To learn if you qualify to file a Philips CPAP Machine Lawsuit, please fill out our online form or call (888) 994-5118 to contact our office directly.

Defective Foam Behind Philips CPAP Recall

In April 2021, Philips Respironics issued an advisory warning of potential health risks related to sound abatement foam used in certain Philips Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines, Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) devices, and Mechanical Ventilators.

In June 2021, the company recalled around 4 million specific CPAP, BIPAP, and ventilator devices in the United States that were affected by this issue.

According to Philips, the polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) foam used as a sound abatement component may degrade into particles, enter into the device air pathway, and be inhaled or ingested by the patient. There’s also a possibility that the foam will “off-gas” chemicals that may be toxic.

Although Philips had not received any patient death reports to date, the company was aware of possible patient impacts associated with foam degradation. Consequences of particulate exposure and off-gassing may include:

  • Headache
  • Irritation
  • Inflammation
  • Respiratory issues
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Possible toxic and carcinogenic (cancer) effects

What Assisted Breathing Devices are Affected by the Philips Recall

Specific devices affected by the Philips CPAP Machine Recall include:

Continuous Ventilator, Non-life Supporting

  • DreamStation ASV
  • DreamStation ST, AVAPS
  • SystemOne ASV4
  • C Series ASV, S/T, AVAPS
  • OmniLab Advanced Plus In-Lab Titration Device

Non-continuous Ventilator

  • SystemOne Q series
  • DreamStation CPAP, Auto CPAP, BiPAP
  • DreamStation Go CPAP, APAP
  • Dorma 400, 500 CPAP
  • REMStar SE Auto CPAP

Continuous Ventilator, Minimum Ventilatory Support, Facility Use

  • E30 (Under Emergency Use Authorization)

Continuous Ventilator

  • Trilogy 100 Ventilator
  • Trilogy 200 Ventilator
  • Garbin Plus, Aeris, LifeVent Ventilator

Continuous Ventilator, Minimum Ventilatory Support, Facility Use

  • A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto Ventilator

What Should Patients Do?

Philips Respironics has advised patients with recalled CPAP and BIPAP machines to stop using the devices immediately and consult their physician to determine the most appropriate options for continued treatment.

However, patients dependent on a life-sustaining ventilator included in the recall SHOULD NOT STOP using the device until they’ve talked with their doctor.

“Philips recognizes that alternate ventilator options for therapy may not exist or may be severely limited for patients who require a ventilator for life-sustaining therapy, or in cases where therapy disruption is unacceptable,” the recall notice states. “In these situations, and at the discretion of the treating clinical team, the benefit of continued usage of these ventilator devices may outweigh the risks.”

The company also recommends using an inline bacterial filter when a physician determines that a patient should continue their prescribed therapy with a recalled ventilator.

Filing a Philips CPAP Machine Recall Lawsuit

Bernstein Liebhard LLP is now offering free lawsuit reviews to anyone who experienced the following complications after using one of the recalled Philips CPAP Machines, BiPAP Machines, or Mechanical Ventilators:

  • Cancer Diagnosis
  • Sudden Respiratory Failure (Leading to Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Organ Damage, or Other Injury)
  • Lung Damage
  • New or Worsening Asthma
  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)
  • Reactive Airway Disease (RAD)

Contact our defective medical device lawyers at (888) 994-5118 to arrange your free, no-obligation consult.

  1. Philips Respironics (April 2021) “Medical Device recall notification (U.S. only) / field safety notice (International Markets)”
  2. FDA (June 2021) “Philips Issues a Recall Notification to Mitigate Potential Health Risks Related to the Sound Abatement Foam Component in Certain Sleep and Respiratory Care Devices.”
Last Modified: July 1, 2021

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