Compensation For People Harmed Using A Defective Philips Ventilator, CPAP, or BiPAP Sleep Apnea Device
Sleep apnea sufferers nationwide rely on CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines, BiPAP (Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure) sleep apnea devices and ventilators, not only to get a good night’s sleep, but to prevent potentially life-threatening medical conditions such as heart attack or stroke. Now, many of these machines have been recalled due to a possibility that they may cause worse problems than those they are designed to prevent.
Philips Respironics has recalled several sleep apnea device models of their continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines and bilevel positive airway pressure (BPAP) machines, including some designed for at-home use as well as some designated for facilities such as nursing homes.
What Sleep Apnea Devices Have Been Recalled So Far?
CPAP and BiLevel PAP Devices
- Continuous ventilator models currently subject to the recall are the E30, DreamStation ASV, DreamStation ST, AVAPS, SystemOne ASV4, C Series S/T, AVAPS, OmniLab Advanced Plus, Trilogy 100, Trilogy 200, Garbin Plus, A-Series BiPAP Hybrid A30, A-Series BiPAP V30, A40 and A30.
- Noncontinous ventilator models currently subject to the recall are the System One 50 Series, System One 60 Series, DreamStation, DreamStation GO and the Dorma 400 and 500.
- Trilogy 100 Ventilator
- Trilogy 200 Ventilator
- Garbin Plus, Aeris, LifeVent Ventilator – (not marketed in the United States)
Continuous Ventilator, Minimum Ventilatory Support, Facility Use
- A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto Ventilator
- Also known as BiPAP V30 Auto Ventilator (A-Series)
NOTE: The continuous ventilator, non-life supporting models, including the A-Series BiPAP A40, (a.k.a. BiPAP A40 Ventilator) and the A-Series BiPAP A30 (a.k.a. BiPAP A30 Ventilator) were not marketed in US.
What’s Wrong With The Sleep Apnea Machines?
There is a polyurethane foam in these machines that is intended to make them quieter. However, the foam may come apart, and the patient may inhale or swallow black pieces of the foam or invisible chemicals. Once in the body, this material could cause conditions such as:
- Lung cancer or respiratory failure
- Kidney cancer or other kidney disease
- Liver cancer or other liver disease
- Colon cancer
- Heart disease, heart failure or heart attack
What Should Patients Do If They Use One Of The Recalled Devices?
Patients are encouraged to speak with their caregiver before taking any steps such as stopping a prescribed treatment, especially if it is life-supporting.
If the user has been diagnosed with any of the medical conditions listed above, or has experienced symptoms that could potentially be associated with one of those conditions, we encourage you to contact Reddick Law, PLLC immediately by phone at 877-930-2080 or by email. You may be eligible for compensation and our Philips CPAP lawsuit attorneys can help you get it.