Medical device manufacturer Philips is recalling sleep apnea machines and ventilators containing foam that could put users at risk of cancer or other health issues. According to a USA Today news report, the company announced a recall for millions of units of the Philips Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (Bi-Level PAP), Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), and mechanical ventilator devices.
There are concerns that using machines containing potentially damaging foam could create a significant risk.
The Issue With the Machines
The defect in these products is related to polyester-based polyurethane sound abatement foam in the devices. Over time, the foam can degrade and cause harmful effects when cleaned in the wrong way or when exposed to high heat and humidity. Philips said there have been no reports of deaths, but it acknowledged the potential risks of particulate exposure include “headache, irritation, inflammation, respiratory issues, and possible toxic and carcinogenic effects.”
Philips is which is one of the largest manufacturers of sleep apnea machines and ventilators. The company says it has not received any reports so far regarding patient impact related to these chemical emissions. However, patients who have these devices at home are urged to consult with their doctors about whether to adjust their treatment plans. Philips says in some cases, the benefits of continuing to use the devices may outweigh the risks.
Medical Device Defects
Defective medical devices have the potential to cause serious health complications. In recent years, our product defect attorneys have seen a number of medical devices that have caused major issues for patients. These include transvaginal mesh implants, metal hip implants, and knee implants. Pacemakers for heart issues are also another example of medical devices that could malfunction.
While sleep apnea machines are for external use, they are also medical devices that can be prescribed and used to treat specific conditions. When such devices fail, individuals may be forced to face additional and unnecessary surgeries and expenses.
If you or a loved one has developed cancer as the result of one of these sleep apnea machines or has suffered adverse health effects as a result of other defective medical devices, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses. An experienced California product defect lawyer can help you pursue maximum compensation for the losses you have endured.