Columbus Philips CPAP Machines Lawyer

CPAP breathing machines help those with obstructive sleep apnea get oxygen to their lungs and body while they sleep. The machines provide a continual flow of pressurized air, which allows the user to breathe easily when sleeping. The devices are an important medical intervention for persistent sleep and oxygen deprivation issues. Without CPAP machines, more people would need to undergo invasive surgeries to remove soft tissue in the throat which may collapse and cause snoring and obstruction. Others would never see their sleep apnea improve and would suffer ill health effects from the lack of sleep.

Unfortunately, the FDA has indicated that some of these CPAP and BiPAP breathing machines may be defective and dangerous to use. Contact Oliver Law for a free consultation with our Columbus Philips Respironics CPAP and BiPAP Sleep Apnea and Breathing Devices lawyer.

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Description of the Devices

The following are the types of devices as set out by the FDA:

  • A bilevel positive airway pressure (also known as BiPAP, BiLevel PAP, or BPAP) machine pumps air under pressure into the airway of the lungs. BiPAP machines have a higher pressure when you breathe in and lower pressure when you breathe out.
  • A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine keeps your airway open by providing a continuous stream of air through a mask. CPAP machines are devices prescribed to people with obstructive sleep apnea to keep their airways open during sleep.
  • A continuous ventilator device is intended to mechanically control or assist patient breathing by delivering a predetermined percentage of oxygen in the breathing gas.

Based upon our review of the scientific literature, the injuries we are currently reviewing and accepting are:

  • Head & Neck Cancers
  • Lung Diseases including Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Pulmonary Fibrosis and Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Chronic Asthma & Pneumonitis

What is Wrong with Philips Respironics CPAP and BiPAP Machines?

Philips Respironics is a leading maker of CPAP machines. However, in 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall for various Philips products, including Philips Respironics Ventilators and CPAP machines. The FDA recall can be found here: FDA Recall According to the FDA, these machines pose serious health risks to users.

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Here is a list of makes and models subject to the recall:

CPAP and BiPAP Devices

Device Type

Model Name and Number (All Serial Numbers)

Continuous Ventilator, Minimum Ventilatory Support, Facility Use
  • E30 (Emergency Use Authorization)
Continuous Ventilator, Non-life Supporting
  • DreamStation ASV
  • DreamStation ST, AVAPS
  • SystemOne ASV4
  • C-Series ASV
  • C-Series S/T and AVAPS
  • OmniLab Advanced+
Noncontinuous Ventilator
  • SystemOne (Q-Series)
  • DreamStation
  • DreamStation Go
  • Dorma 400
  • Dorma 500
  • REMstar SE Auto

Ventilators

Device Type

Model Name and Number (All Serial Numbers)

Continuous Ventilator
  • Trilogy 100
  • Trilogy 200
  • Garbin Plus, Aeris, LifeVent
Continuous Ventilator, Minimum Ventilatory Support, Facility Use
  • A-Series BiPAP Hybrid A30 (not marketed in US)
  • A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto
Continuous Ventilator, Non-life Supporting
  • A-Series BiPAP A40
  • A-Series BiPAP A30

CPAP and other breathing devices are made with a Polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) which is a sound abatement foam used to reduce sound and vibration in these devices. According to the FDA, the PE-PUR foam in the affected Philips Respironics CPAP, BiPAP, and ventilator devices may:

  • Break down (degrade) into particles that may enter the device’s air pathway and be inhaled or swallowed by the user
  • Release certain chemicals into the device’s air pathway, which may be inhaled
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These issues can result in serious injury, which can be life-threatening, cause permanent impairment, and require medical intervention to prevent permanent damage.

Because millions of Philips machines were removed from the marketplace, many patients were forced to stop using the machines. They now face a different nightmare—finding replacement devices or dealing with health emergencies.

If you or a loved one used a Philips CPAP or BiPAP machine and suffered an injury, please contact Oliver Law Office. We will help determine whether your machine was recalled and whether you have a medical condition resulting from the use of the device. All consultations are free.