On June 14, 2021, Philips issued a recall of millions of sleep devices and ventilators over possible cancer risks. The recall focused on the following devices, but may not be limited to:
-Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (Bi-Level PAP);
-Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP);
-Mechanical Ventilator Devices.
In a press release, Philips “identified potential health risks related to the polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam component in these devices.” According to the company, Philips found that degradation of the sound abatement foam used on some of the above devices has been exacerbated due to “unapproved cleaning methods” and “high heat and high humidity environments.” The degradation of the sound abatement foam can expose one to harmful, possibly cancer-causing, particles if inhaled.
Philips also added that gases released by the degrading foam could be harmful. Additional side effects that may present as a result of exposure to the degrading foam are headache, irritation, inflammation, and respiratory issues. Please see below for the full press release.
Boesen Law is investigating this matter. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with lung cancer or another medical condition relating to the use of a Philips B-Level PAP, CPAP, or has been treated using a Philips mechanical ventilator, please contact us at (303) 327-9988.