Philips DreamStation CPAP Recall
On June 14, Philips issued a recall for it's DreamStation line of CPAP equipment. Affected machines include the DreamStation CPAP, Auto-CPAP, BiPAP, Auto-BiPAP, and Auto-ASV.
The recall is due to the finding that sound abatement foam inside the machines has been disintegrating, potentially posing a health hazard to users. According to Philips, exposure to the sound abatement foam can cause the following:
- Irritation (skin, eye, and respiratory tract), inflammatory response, headache, asthma, adverse effects to other organs (e.g. kidneys and liver), and toxic carcinogenic affects.
Factors that can promote the degradation of the sound abatement foam include:
- Use of an ozone-based sanitizer (such as SoClean) that sends ozone into the CPAP machine.
- Hight heat
- High humidity
What should you do if you use one of the machines above?
The safest thing to do is to stop using the machine. However, the potential risks of exposure to the sound abatement foam must be considered in light of the following known risks from not using your PAP machine, which could include the following:
- Short term: excessive daytime sleepiness, cognitive impairment, increased risk of motor vehicle accidents
- Long term: hypertension, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, dementia
To help Philips DreamStation PAP owners cope with this situation, we are offering a free online consultation with our sleep doctor to get a prescription if you buy a new ResMed or 3B machine from us. We will be able to get you in to see the doctor within two business days. After your appointment, the doctor will be able to prescribe the new machine for you and we can fulfill your order. Click here to learn more.