Toxic Inhalants Found in CPAP Machines
Several Philips Respironics machines commonly used for sleep apnea treatment have been recalled on June 2021 due to potential health risks. Users of these machines could potentially be exposed to toxic chemicals and carcinogens through a foam that’s used in the affected devices as part of nightly sleep apnea treatment.
This foam, also known as PE-PUR (polyester-based polyurethane sound abatement foam), is typically used to reduce sound and vibration that the CPAP machines may cause. That sounds nice except the FDA reports that this foam “may break down… and potentially end up being inhaled or swallowed by the users”, per the Food and Drug Administration safety statement on June 30th, 2021.
Then just some weeks later, July 2021, the FDA issued an official Class I recall for several Philips CPAP, Philips BiPap, and various other Philip sleep machines which we will list below.
What is a Class I Recall?
A Class I recall is the most urgent recall type, typically indicating that the use of a certain product or machine may lead to significant injuries and/or death. If this is such a concern, then a likely question that arises is: Why use this foam?
Well, those who are familiar with this type of medical device understand that BiPAP machines and CPAP machines (continuous positive airway pressure) can be very uncomfortable equipment to use, especially when the user is a light sleeper or needs as little sound as possible before falling and staying asleep.
Common Philips CPAP Recall Questions
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