Philips Respironics has recently issued a recall notification because of potential health risks associated with the polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound reduction foam used in specific Philips Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (BiLevel PAP) devices, as well as certain mechanical ventilators. Philips acknowledged that the PE-PUR foam may degrade or fall apart into tiny black particles that can enter the device’s humidifier, tubing and mask and be ingested or inhaled by the user. Testing by Philips also found that the foam can produce unsafe chemical levels that are released as gases.

The particulate and off-gas chemical exposure can result in serious injury which can be life-threatening, cause permanent impairment, or require medical intervention to prevent permanent injury. Meshbesher & Spence is currently investigating cases related to the device defects and their potential injuries.

A woman using a CPAP machine

If you have been notified that your CPAP/Bi-PAP device has been recalled and have experienced the following:

– Appearance of black debris or particles within the airpath circuit, including in the device outlet, humidifier, tubing, and/or mask or nasal pillows.
– Upper respiratory and/or airway irritation
– Headaches
– Out-of-the ordinary frequency of sinus infections
– Coughing or chest pressure
– New asthma diagnosis
– New kidneys or liver complications
– New lung cancer diagnosis
– Unexpected nausea/vomiting

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