If you use a Philips Respironics CPAP or BiPAP unit, please take a moment to review the link and see if your unit has been recalled.
Discontinue use of the recalled CPAP/BIPAP unit and call our office for further instructions. The decision to stop PAP or continue PAP must be individualized. There appears to be risk with either decision. In terms of stopping PAP, the risk would appear to be lower in mild OSA and higher in severe OSA.
Philips reports that, “The potential risks of particulate exposure include headache, irritation, inflammation, respiratory issues, and possible toxic and carcinogenic effects.” Philips reports that the foam-related complaint rate in 2020 was low (0.03%).
Philips reports that, “The potential risks of chemical exposure due to off-gassing include headache, irritation, hypersensitivity, nausea/vomiting, and possible toxic and carcinogenic effects.” Philips reports that it “has received no reports regarding patient impact related to chemical emissions.”
Discontinue use of ozone-based cleaners (i.e. SoClean) Philips indicates that these factors can exacerbate foam degradation.
Your DME company will work with Philips and other CPAP manufacturers to repair/replace your affected unit as soon as possible. At this time, Philips has not disclosed a timeline to repair and replace recalled devices. However, because the recall involves millions of PAP devices, it may take some time before this process is complete.