Why the Recall?
On June 14, 2021, Philips Respironics issued a recall notice for many of its CPAP machines and ventilators.
The problem is that foam used to deaden sound and make it easier for users to sleep while using the machines can degrade. The foam degradation can result in two distinct effects.
First, as the foam breaks down, the pump sucks particles into the CPAP tubing and forces them into the throat, stomach, and / or lungs of users. Another possibility is that the foam might give off toxic gasses that the user would inhale.
Users might notice the presence of particles in the tubing, or they might experience:
- Upper airway irritation
- Chest pressure
- Sinus infection
Long-term exposure to the foam and/or gasses could result in dizziness, nausea, kidney and liver damage, or an increased risk of cancer. Because of this, Philips Respironics recommends that all users of affected CPAP machines stop using them.
Truckers who rely on these devices to maintain their health certificate for driving are suddenly facing the possibility they need to find a CPAP alternative in order to keep driving.