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The medical equipment company Phillips has recently announced a voluntary recall of their bi-level positive airway pressure (bi-level PAP), continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), and mechanical ventilator devices in response to potential dangers that have occurred as a result of potential side effects from these machines. Phillips is a large manufacturer of the devices, so many people will be affected by the recall.
Phillips has produced over three million devices using PE-PUR sound abatement foam. After conducting testing, they have determined that there are potential dangers that can stem from this particular type of foam. The foam can degrade and enter the device’s airway ultimately off-gassing certain chemicals that may be inhaled by the user. This degradation may be caused by incorrect or improper cleaning of the devices or high heat and humid environments.
What side effects can you experience from the affected devices?
There are a variety of potential risks from exposure to particles of degraded foam and chemicals from off-gassing. Risks of exposure to degradation include headaches, respiratory issues, inflammation, nausea, and possible carcinogenic effects. Exposure to the off-gassed chemicals may be toxic and could create potential risks of certain types of cancer.
What is Phillips Doing to Fix the Problem?
The recall was issued to inform patients of possible concerns and provide instructions on what actions to take. Phillips has created a registration process to look up your devices and begin a claim if they are affected. Affected devices will be replaced by Phillips or repaired with the new materials. The current sound abatement foam will be replaced with newer and safer materials.
What Should you do if you use a Device Affected by the Recall?
Depending on the device being used, patients have different instructions on how to proceed with treatment. Patients who use BiPAP and CPAP machines are instructed to stop their use of the machine and consult with their doctor and equipment provider regarding the safest next steps for treatment. For patients who use the affected ventilator devices, instructions include continuing to use the life-sustaining device until consulting with your doctor to discuss alternatives.
What Should You Do If You've Been Injured by a Recalled Device?
After prioritizing your safety and discussing the issue with your doctor, it is important to look at your legal options. At Barfoot & Schoettker, we are dedicated to ensuring you receive the best legal representation all while protecting your best interest through the process. If you or a loved one has suffered from any of the complications above, you may be eligible for compensation. Our goal is to help you, regardless of the issues you may be facing. Contact us to review and discuss your injuries, records and the product to determine if you have a case and what your next steps should be.