Philips Recalls Ventilators, Sleep Apnea Machines

Koninklijke Philips, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of medical devices, recently issued a recall of some of its breathing devices after reports that foam within those devices might degrade and become toxic, potentially causing cancer. This recall will affect between 3 million and 4 million devices, estimates Philips Chief Executive Frans van Houten.

According to Philips spokesperson Steve Klink, approximately 80% of the recalled devices were Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines designed to improve symptoms of sleep apnea. These devices use a specialized foam to dampen the sound of the machine. After additional testing, Philips has determined that this foam poses potential risks to users. The foam may degrade and be ingested or inhaled by the user. Philips is urging users of BiLevel PAP and CPAP devices to stop using these devices and consult with a physician.

Dangerous or defective medical devices, such as ventilators and sleep apnea machines, can give rise to a product liability claim. Medical devices improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of Texans, but when those devices do more harm than good it may be time to contact a lawyer. You may be entitled to compensation for the bills and lost wages as well as the damages resulting from injuries caused by your medical implant.

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