Philips Respironics recalled the BiPAP, CPAP, and ventilators due to health risks associated with using them.
There were concerns that people may be inhaling or ingesting chemicals through the foam that is inside the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure devices. The main issue with the device is the polyester-based polyurethane foam that reduces the sound the gadgets produce.
According to the company, the foam is degradable and may break down into particles that can be inhaled. The foam is situated in the area that is placed around the face. Therefore, when the foam breaks down, it can find its way into the person’s airways.
The tiny particles of foam could be inhaled. The body would absorb the chemicals in the particles and cause both long-term and short-term medical problems.
Moreover, even if the patient doesn’t ingest or inhale the dangerous particles, the foam could release gasses that are poisonous. These chemicals may be inhaled and harm someone.
When the company recalled the products, over 2 million people in the US were affected. Moreover, the company said it would either repair or replace the recalled devices within a year. In the meantime, some people who are suffering from sleep apnea have been advised to replace the faulty gadget with another one.
If you have been affected by the recall of the gadgets, you should consult your doctor instead of stopping using them abruptly. Your doctor may guide you on how to safely transition to another device.
If you or a loved one has been affected by the use of these recalled gadgets, you can file a CPAP machine lawsuit and get compensation. You should reach out to an experienced lawyer who can stand up for your consumer rights and hold the manufacturers accountable.
Things to know about the recall
The gadgets function by bringing oxygen into the lungs of patients who suffer from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a disorder where breathing intermittently stops while someone is sleeping. If the disorder is not treated, it can cause complications such as heart failure, hypertension, stroke, heart attack, and a decreased quality of life.
The gadgets that were recalled contained a foam that is degradable and could release cancer-causing particles that could be ingested or inhaled by the victim. The degradation of the foam is accelerated in hot areas.
Health risks of using the defective gadgets
There are many risks of using faulty devices. For instance, the short-term risks include allergic reactions, headache, nausea and vomiting, skin irritation, and respiratory tract irritation. Long-term risks include asthma, cancer, organ damage, or permanent impairment.
If your injuries and decline in health have been linked to the recalled gadgets, you may be interested in exploring the available legal options concerning the harm the company exposed you to.
You deserve justice for the injuries, pain, and suffering you have endured from getting a faulty gadget. Contact an attorney for assistance if you want to file a claim for yourself or on your loved one’s behalf. A great attorney will help you get monetary compensation for losses incurred.