Philips Recalls Some PAP Devices Due to Health Risks
On June 14, 2021, Philips Respironics (Philips) recalled PAP devices made before April 26, 2021. The recall is due to a potential health risk related to the soundproofing materials. Here is what we want you to know:
- Philips recommends patients using BiLevel and CPAP devices stop using the device and work with their doctor to determine treatment options.
- Philips recommends patients using life-sustaining mechanical ventilator devices do not stop using the device until they have talked to their doctor.
The decision to continue use of a Philips PAP device is up to you and your doctor. It’s important to know the potential risk of using the device as well as the risk of not using the device.
- The issue is in the soundproofing material. This material can break down and emit gas or particles and cause harmful effects when cleaned the wrong way or when exposed to high heat and humidity.
- Philips identified the following potential health risks of using a recalled device: airway inflammation; skin, eye and respiratory tract irritation; headache; asthma; toxic carcinogenic effects; cough; chest pressure; or sinus infection.
- This safety recall was made out of caution. To date, no serious harm has been reported because of chemical emissions. However, Philips has received complaints about degraded foam in the airpath circuit.
- Philips will repair or replace all recalled PAP devices. We are waiting for details on what that process will be. We anticipate this will take months due to limited supply.
- UnityPoint at Home is in the process of registering all PAP devices of active patients with Philips. We recommend you also register your device on the Philips Respironics website (link below).
Please contact your doctor as soon as possible to determine what treatment option is best for you. For more information, visit the Philips website.