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A product recall highlights a new danger of using CPAP machines

Throughout Oklahoma, many people seek relief from sleep-related conditions by using sleep apnea machines. When these devices work properly, they help people sleep soundly. Unfortunately, people seeking them out for relief won’t always get what they’re looking for. With that in mind, here’s a closer look at a recent recall involving a popular line of sleep apnea machines.

What sleep apnea machines were recently recalled?

Philips, a popular manufacturer of many devices, recently recalled millions of its products. The company made its announcement after learning that its ventilators and sleep apnea machines contained a foam that could cause cancer and other ailments in humans.

Why did these recalls take place?

Philips recalled the Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure and Continuous Positive Airway Pressure devices due to these items containing polyurethane sound abatement foam. In certain situations, this foam can begin degrading.

When this foam gets exposed to excessive heat or gets cleaned improperly, it can cause particulate exposure. While there have been no deaths linked to Philips’ potentially dangerous products, the foam in its recalled machines can cause a range of symptoms, including:

  • Headaches
  • Respiratory issues
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Hypersensitivity

In a statement, Philips noted that it regrets any “concern and inconvenience” the recall of its products will cause. After recalling its product, Philips plans to deploy updated product instructions along with creating a comprehensive repair and replacement program. Philips also plans on replacing its current sound abatement foam with a different type of material. People who have been harmed by the use of this machine might want to discuss their situation with an attorney who handles product liability claims.