CPAP machines work great for patients with sleep apnea. However, in some instances, these machines can prove to be harmful. Philips has recalled some of their CPAP machines this year which has caused people to worry. If you’re one of them, consult with injury lawyers at the Shouse Law Group today.
Which machines have been recalled and why?
Philips has recalled three types of machines-
- Bi-Level PAP
- Mechanical Ventilators.
Many different models of machines come under these categories. Philips recalled these machines because all of them had technical defects.
These machines contain a foam material called polyester-based polyurethane. Upon usage, this material gets degraded into microparticles, mixes with the air, and emits chemicals. Therefore, whoever is in contact with them has a high chance of inhaling these particles.
Polyester-based polyurethane is a harmful substance which when inhaled by humans, can cause life-threatening diseases. Some of them are cancer, pneumonia, respiratory issues, organ failure, liver, kidney, or lung failure, etc.
Besides significant diseases, inhaling this can cause headaches, nausea, cough, fatigue, and vomiting. If you’re experiencing any of these, it is suggested you consult a doctor immediately and stop using your CPAP machine.
Below is a list of all the machines that have been recalled. Check the list to see if you need to change your machine.
- A-Series BiPAP A30
- Trilogy 200 Ventilator
- SystemOne Q Series
- C Series ASV/S/T/AVAPS
- Trilogy 100 Ventilator
- A-Series Bi-PAP A40
- SystemOne ASV4
- DreamStation ASV
- REMStar SE Auto CPAP
- A-Series BiPAP Hybrid A30
- OmniLab Advanced Plus In-Lab Titration Device
- DreamStation CPAP, Auto CPAP, BiPAP
- Garbin Plus, Aeris, LifeVent Ventilator
- A-Series BiPAP V30 AutoVentilator
- DreamStation ST, AVAPS
- DreamStation Go CPAP, APAP
If your machine is on this list, consult with a doctor and document proof of your injury, if any. Also, before registering a defect on Philips’ website, we suggest consulting a Shouse Injury Law Group lawyer to avoid making any mistakes.
Should you be worried?
Yes. Inhaling a harmful chemical substance is no joke and requires immediate medical attention.
How will an attorney help?
If you have been using one, you need first to do two things- get medical reports and a lawyer. The potential illnesses would require A1 healthcare and would cost you a truckload of money. Now, it does not sound fair to pay for your sickness when someone else is at fault.
What an attorney will do is hear out your case and strategize your best defense. With an expert by your side, you can get the payout you deserve and nothing less.