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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Yes, Philips issued a voluntary recall of some of their CPAP medical devices. The FDA has not yet mandated a recall of these devices.

Philips issued a voluntary recall following a number of reports that linked their devices to adverse health risks. The recall was due to chemical emission issues.

Philips issued a recall of the Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure (Bi-Level PAP), Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), and
other mechanical ventilator devices.

Philips CPAP Machine

A continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP) machine is used to treat sleep-related breathing disorders with sleep apnea being the most common of these disorders. Users hook this ventilation system up to themselves before bed, and it helps regulate their breathing while they sleep. Philips, among other things, is a popular CPAP machine producer. Together they work with ResMed and Philips Respironics to manufacture CPAP, Bi-Level PAP, and other types of these machines.

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Some Philips CPAP machines have been recalled due to a design defect resulting in serious injury to patients.

If you  suffered an injury due to a CPAP device, use our chatbot  to receive a free, instant online case evaluation.

What are the Recalled Philips Devices?

On June 14, 2021, Philips issued a voluntary recall of three types of devices. These products all contributed to a potential increased risk of lung cancer in its users. Only products within the USA have been recalled. Recalled Philips CPAP products include:

  • Philips Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure (Bi-Level PAP)
  • Philips Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
  • Other mechanical ventilator devices

 

Philips Device Recall

Philips has produced thousands of these CPAP devices and has received complaints on 0.03% of these products. The FDA has not yet mandated a recall of these CPAP devices, but after receiving reports lining their CPAP devices to adverse health risks, Philips issued a recall of the following devices.

 

Which devices have been recalled?

The total list of devices recalled can be found on Philips’ CPAP recall announcement, or as listed below.

 

Continuous Ventilators Recalled:

  • E30
  • DreamStation ASV
  • DreamStation ST, AVAPS
  • SystemOne ASV4
  • C Series ASV, S/T, AVAPS
  • OmniLab Advanced Plus In-Lab Titration Device
  • Trilogy 100 Ventilator
  • Trilogy 200 Ventilator
  • Garbin Plus, Aeris, LifeVent Ventilator
  • A-Series BiPAP Hybrid A30 (not marketed in US)
  • A-Series BiPAP V30 AUto Ventilator
  • A-Series BiPAP A40
  • A-Series BiPAP A30 (not marketed in US

 

Non-Continuous Ventilators Recalled:

  • SystemOne (Q series)
  • DreamStation CPAP, Auto CPAP, BiPAP
  • DreamStation GO CPAP, APAP
  • Dorma 400, 500 CPAP
  • REMStar SE Auto CPAP

Why were these Philips Devices Recalled?

There are two reasons for the recall, foam and chemical emissions. In both scenarios, all the products recalled were manufactured prior to April 26, 2021, and caused a variety of adverse health effects, including lung cancer. 

The polyester-based foam inside the affected devices is one of the main causes for the recall. The foam inside the machines can deteriorate and particles can then travel through the machine tubes and into the lungs. It’s likely that heat, humidity, and improper cleaning can all contribute to accelerating the deterioration of this foam.

The other primary cause for the recall was the chemical emissions that contributed to the increase in lung cancer diagnosis among users. This occurred because when newly opened, the chemicals released into the air could combine with other chemicals in the room in a process called off-gassing, and create harmful toxins. In turn, these toxins may lead to lung cancer among other harmful side effects.

Which devices have not been recalled?

These products may use a different foam or may have the foam located in a different, non-threatening location. They may also not have the chemical emissions as Philips’s recalled products.

  • Trilogy Evo
  • Trilogy Evo OBM
  • Trilogy EV300
  • Trilogy 202
  • BiPAP A40 EFL
  • BiPAP A40 Pro
  • M-Series
  • DreamStation 2
  • Omnilab (original based on Harmony 2)
  • Dorma 100, Dorma 200, & REMStay SE
  • All oxygen concentrators, respiratory drug delivery products, airway clearance products

 

What should I do If my CPAP was recalled?

Under any circumstance, owners of affected devices should contact a physician immediately. 

Discontinue use of the device, and consult with a physician.

Do not stop or alter therapy until consulting with a physician.

Known Device-Related Injuries

Foam-related and chemical-related injuries can often be the same, but there are a few types that can only be caused by one of the two irritants.

 

Foam Injuries

  • Lung Cancer
  • Irritation (skin, eye, nose, respiratory tract)
  • Headaches
  • Asthma
  • Effects to kidneys and liver

 

Chemical Emissions Injuries

  • Lung Cancer
  • Irritation (skin, eye, nose, respiratory tract)
  • Headaches
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Nausea/Vomiting

 

Philips CPAP Lung Cancer Risk 

Those who used these recalled products are at a higher risk for developing lung cancer. If you used one of these products and received a lung cancer diagnosis after doing so, this may be your chance to hold Philips accountable for your injuries. Although no deaths have been reported, it is known that the company was first alerted of this risk in April 2021.

 

What Should I Do if I Suffered Injuries?

The first thing you should do upon suffering an injury like lung cancer is to discontinue the use of the product that injured you, if possible and if advised by a physician. You also need to see a doctor as soon as possible. After this has been done, treating the injury will largely be up to you, and how well you follow the doctor’s orders.  If you plan to take legal action, working with a lawyer can help you through a process like this, and make sure it is done correctly and with minimal stress. 

If you have suffered any of the injuries listed previously in this article, see a doctor immediately. It is in your best interest to follow the doctor’s instructions as well as you can. Mitigating injuries will yield the best returns on your health and well-being, as well as potential financial compensation from any legal action you take.

Once you have received proper medical attention and follow instructions given by your physician, contact a TorHoerman Law Philips CPAP injury lawyer for a free, no-obligation case consultation.

Potential Compensation

Compensation depends on a wide range of factors. As such, it is important to speak with a lawyer about a potential lawsuit. A lawyer may be able to award you with compensation for things such as:

This reward will depend largely on the severity and the length of the injury. Although it is largely subjective and varies from case to case, it is one of the most prominent damages one can claim.

These include any medical expense that is related to your injury. These bills often come from places like hospitals, ambulances, doctors, pharmaceutical companies, and others.

Lost wages can include wages that were lost during any stage of the injury, including loss of future wages due to the injury.

Life-altering injuries do exactly that, they alter your life. If your spouse feels that this injury has negatively affected your life socially, intimately, or in other related ways, you can file for loss of consortium.

This category of damages might include things like medical bills, loved ones’ pain and suffering, lost wages, burial expenses, and others.

Filing a Philips CPAP Lung Cancer Lawsuit

Filing a lawsuit requires extreme attention to detail as well as a comprehensive understanding of the litigation process in order to reach your end goal. To navigate this while suffering a major injury can be overwhelming to many. With the help of your lawyer, you will begin one of the most important steps: gathering evidence to support your claim.

The amount of compensation you can receive from such a case as the Philips lung cancer case can fluctuate greatly, but in order to receive the maximum, it is pertinent that you gather evidence, prove injury mitigation attempts, and find a lawyer right for you. You may be rewarded a much higher compensation if you did your best to treat an injury that was not your fault. A TorHoerman Philips lung cancer lawyer can help you do this.

 

Hiring a Philips Device Lung Cancer Lawyer

Hiring a lawyer for any personal injury can be difficult, especially with an injury as stressful as lung cancer. You should be able to rest assured knowing that your lawyer has extensive knowledge of the legal system as well as a history of successful lawsuits.

A lawyer like this will help you gather evidence and guide you through this sometimes lengthy process en route to satisfactory compensation. If you qualify for the Philips lung cancer case above and are seeking this kind of help, reach out to our team at TorHoerman Law to find someone right for you.

 

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