Continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machines are important for many people with respiratory issues. For example, people with sleep apnea and obesity often benefit from these machines. So do some pre-term infants. Residents of New York should know, however, that some CPAP machines have been recalled due to defects. People injured by these defective medical devices may be able to recover damages from the manufacturer.
Which machines were recalled?
Many Philips CPAP, BiPAP and ventilators were recalled by the FDA in 2021. This is due to the type of insulation used inside the devices. Polyester-based polyurethane foam, also known as PE-PUR was incorporated into the design of these machines because of its noise-reduction qualities. However, this foam has been shown to be carcinogenic. The FDA made Philips issue a recall for millions of machines.
Because of product liability laws, Philips may have to pay out a settlement to people who were injured by the use of these machines. Manufacturers who produce defective machines may be held responsible for injuries related to them.
Which CPAP machines have been recalled?
Several models of Philips CPAP machines have been affected by the recall. These include the DreamStation ASV and ST, as well as the C-Series ASV and S/T models. Other continuous pressure machines were included in the recall, too. Google the model name and number of your Philips CPAP machine if you’re not sure whether it’s included.
What cancers are linked to these machines?
It’s not entirely clear what cancers are directly linked to PE-PUR exposure. PE-PUR’s carcinogenic compounds may be related to lung and other cancers. The lungs are expected to be seriously affected due to the role of the machine in keeping airways open. However, determining whether an illness is linked to your exposure to PE-PUR will require medical input.