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A-Fib Patients with Sleep Apnea: Philips Respironics Recall of CPAP Devices

Background: A-Fib patients often have obstructive sleep apnea as well. Many use a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device when sleeping to keep their air way open and unobstructed.

The FDA Safety Commission and NST Attorneys-at-Law report that Philips has recalled their CPAP devices because of “identified potential health risks related to the polyester-based polyurethane sound abatement foam component of these devices.” The foam in the machine can break down and then be swallowed or inhaled by the user.

According to Philips’ lab results, degraded polyurethane foam produced potentially harmful chemicals. These chemicals may then enter one’s body, reach the bloodstream, and travel to any body tissue and organ. Most of these harmful chemicals from the degraded foam can cause cancer.

All CPAP Users

If you use a different brand of CPAP device, check the tubing. Or talk to your supplier about how safe your device is in light of the Phillips recall.

If You Have a Philips CPAP Device

For detailed information about this recall, go the NST Attorneys-at-Law web site or Philips Voluntary Recall Information to:

  • Determine if your product is listed in the Philips recall notification
  • Learn how to Register Your Device For Recall and What To Expect Next

Talk to Your Doctor: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises consumers to talk to their doctor to weigh the risks of continued use and decide on a suitable way to move forward.

A-Fib, Sleep Apnea and CPAP: What You Need to Know

If you have a Phillips CPAP device, learn if you have a model that has been recalled. If so, stop using it and talk with your doctor on how to proceed.

If you model has been officially recalled, Philips should give you a new one. But you may be safer switching to another CPAP manufacturer.

Visit the Philips Voluntary Recall Information website to stay current on your claim.

• UPDATE: Certain Philips Respironics Ventilators, BiPAP Machines, and CPAP Machines Recalled Due to Potential Health Risks: FDA Safety Communication.

• Voluntary Recall Information: Philips Respironics Sleep and Respiratory Care devices.

• CPAP and Cancer. NST Attorneys-at-Law.

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