Are You Using a Defective CPAP Machine?

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Are you still using one of the  Philips defective CPAP, BiPAP or other ventilator machines? Have you experienced any serious health problems? Are you aware that the sound abatement foam can break down and lead to health problems?

Symptoms associated with recalled Philips CPAP devices include:

Minor symptoms you could experience:

  • irritation of the throat and eyes
  • coughing
  • watering eyes
  • headaches
  • respiratory discomfort when waking up

Long term health concerns such as the following may surface:

  • Airway inflammation, which is especially dangerous for people with lung disease or reduced breathing capacity
  • Irritation of the respiratory tract, eyes, nose and skin
  • Various cancers
  • Hypersensitivity reactions
  • Organ damage, such as liver problems or kidney problems
  • Asthma
  • Sinus infection
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Chest pressure
  • Dizziness

Ingested or inhaled foam particles or chemical gases may lead to carcinogenic, toxic or respiratory side effects.

As always, you should speak with your health provider about any symptoms or concerns you have.

Defective CPAP Machines. What is the issue?

The recalled devices have sound abatement foam liners that can break down and release particles that can be inhaled or ingested; these devices have no filter to prevent this from happening. The foam also can emit vapors of toxic chemicals beyond the safe exposure level.

Read: Toxic Foam Leads to Defective Philips CPAP Devices

The foam is more likely to break down with older devices and devices that are used more often. Climate and environmental conditions (i.e., high heat and humidity in locations where devices are stored) can exacerbate the breakdown. Also, according to Philips, unapproved cleaning processes, such as ozone or ultraviolet light can worsen foam degradation.

  • In June, Philips Respironics announced a large-scale voluntary recall of a number of CPAP, BiPAP and other ventilator machines due to potential health risks related to PE-PUR sound abatement foam.
  • In September, Philips started a repair and replacement program.
  • In November, the FDA conducted an investigation of a Philips facility, issued Form 483 and requested additional testing be conducted on the replacement materials.

Read: Philips Respironics Recalls Millions of CPAP, Breathing Machines

Did you develop serious health problems after using a defective Philips CPAP?

General CPAP Health Concerns

sleep apnea sound abatement foam CPAP devicesYou should know that CPAP sleep apnea machines, in general, have side effects that may not be caused by the toxic foam; however, if you have a concern, talk with your health provider.

  • skin marks, rashes, or sores
  • nasal dryness or inflammation
  • abdominal discomfort
  • dry eyes or eye irritation
  • ear pressure or ear pain
  • respiratory infections
  • difficulty sleeping or insomnia
  • runny nose
  • nosebleeds
  • feelings of claustrophobia
  • headaches
  • feeling short of breath

Read: What is Sleep Apnea?


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If you or a loved one developed cancer, respiratory issues, or other serious health problems after using one of the defective Philips CPAP machines, contact the law offices of Nash & Franciskato at (877) 284-6600. The time to request your free, no-obligation case review is today. We will help you determine if your Philips breathing device is the cause of your health issues.

Call us today at (877) 284-6600. One of our experienced staff will speak with you personally and will provide you with a free, no-obligation review of your case.



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