As of June 22, 2021, we would like to make you aware of a voluntary recall issued by Philips for several of its ventilator products. We want to keep you informed and ensure patients using these products receive the treatment they need.
Recalled Philips Products
The recalled Philips products include:
- Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines
- Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (Bi-Level PAP) machines
- Mechanical ventilator devices
The foam may degrade into particles that can be inhaled by the user or produce chemical emissions. The recalls apply to specific, but not all, models. The recall does not apply to CPAP machines made by ResMed or other manufacturers.
How to Determine If Your Device Is Recalled
- Visit usa.philips.com to get the latest information and to register your device to be repaired or replaced.
- You can also call Philips at 1-877-907-7508 if you cannot access their website.
If Your Device Is On the List of Affected Devices
The Temple Lung Center recommends continuing CPAP therapy, pending further information, if you have any of these conditions:
- Symptomatic Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea and cardiopulmonary disease
- The need to for treatment to maintain a Commercial Driver’s License
The health risks associated with discontinuing CPAP therapy for patients with these conditions outweigh the potential safety hazards currently reported by Philips associated with the recalled products.
If Your Device Is NOT On the List of Affected Devices
Continue CPAP as prescribed. The recall does not apply to you.
If You're Unable to Determine the Make and Model of Your CPAP Machine
Your durable medical equipment (DME) company will have this information on file.
Potential Safety Hazards Philips Has Reported
The potential risks of exposure to degraded foam include:
- Irritation of the skin, eye and respiratory tract
- Inflammatory response
- Adverse effects to other organs (kidneys and liver, for example)
- Cancer-causing effects
The potential risk of exposure to chemical emissions include:
- Irritation (eyes, nose, respiratory tract)
- Toxic- and cancer-causing effects
If you followed the above steps and still have questions, please contact the Temple Lung Center at 215-707-5864.