Many Ohio residents who have sleep apnea rely on CPAP machines to help them breathe at night. Unfortunately, devices made by Philips Respironics were recently recalled due to defects. It’s important to be aware of the recall and the potential injuries you could suffer using the products.
Why did the recall occur?
Philips CPAP machines were recalled due to product defects. The devices include polyester-based polyurethane foam lining for sound and vibration reduction purposes. Unfortunately, the machines were found to be defective due to the foam lining easily breaking down. It’s believed that heat and humidity caused the problem, which could lead to the wearer suffering serious personal injuries.
What injuries could you potentially suffer?
As a result of the defective foam lining in the affected CPAP machines, there are certain injuries you could potentially suffer. The foam might break apart into little pieces and go through the air that pushes into your lungs. Another thing that could happen is that the foam could break down and release dangerous chemicals into your lungs. If either of these things happens, it could result in injuries such as the following:
• Eye, respiratory and skin irritation
• Sinus infections
• Damage to internal organs
Although some of these injuries might seem minor, that doesn’t mean you might not develop more serious ones. For example, if you have never been known to suffer from migraines and suddenly start having frequent headaches, your guard should be up.
There are around 80 different types of Philips CPAP and BiPAP machines affected by the dangerous product recall. As a result, chances are high that the one you use has been recalled. It’s important to check to see which models were recalled and immediately stop using yours if yours is one of them.
If you were injured while using a CPAP machine, it’s important to hold the manufacturer liable for your medical bills and other damages.