July 21st 2021
Phillips CPAP RecallJuly 8, 2021 8:19 am
We have important information to pass along to our patients who are currently using a CPAP, AutoPAP, BiPAP, or Trilogy device. On June 14th, 2021, Philips Respironics issued a recall notification for specific Philips Bi-level PAP, CPAP and mechanical ventilator devices due to issues related to PE-PUR foam used within the device. There is concern that the foam may degrade into small particles or release certain chemicals which may enter the device’s air tubing. Philips Respironics reported receiving complaints of black debris/particles in the humidifier, tubing and mask. There were also reports of headache, upper airway irritation, cough, chest pressure and sinus infection. The foam degradation may be exacerbated by the use of Ozone cleaners. There have been no reports of death as a result of these issues. If you have any questions about your machine, please call your DME company. We also recommend not using Ozone cleaning devices for your PAP equipment. If you need help with proper cleaning techniques, please call our office. We will continue to monitor the situation and follow guidelines from Philips Respironics and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Additional information can be found on the Philips Respironics website (https://www.usa.philips.com/healthcare/e/sleep/communications/src-update#section_3). Please reach out to us if you have any questions.