On Monday, June 14th, Philips Respironics issued a voluntary recall on nearly all of their CPAP, APAP, and BiPAP machines sold from 2009 until today, with some exceptions.
On June 30th 2021, the FDA issued aPhilips CPAP recall, which also includes BiPAP and Ventilator machines due to potential health risks. Philips advised the FDA of potential health risks related to sound abatement foam used in specific Philips Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (BiLevel PAP) devices, and Mechanical Ventilators.
Philips reports that the sound dampening foam used inside some of their machines can break down over time, which can cause tiny particles of black foam to enter the device’s air chambers.
Potential safety hazards Philips has reported
The potential risks of exposure to degraded foam include irritation (skin, eye, and respiratory tract), inflammatory response, headache, asthma, adverse effects to other organs (e.g. kidneys and liver) and cancer-causing affects.
The potential risks of exposure to chemical emissions include headache/dizziness, irritation (eyes, nose, respiratory tract, skin), hypersensitivity, nausea/vomiting, toxic and cancer-causing affects.
Which Machines have been recalled?
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, S/T, AVAPS OmniLab Advanced Plus In-Lab Titration Device
SystemOne (Q Series) DreamStation (CPAP, Auto CPAP, BiPAP) DreamStation Go (CPAP, APAP) Dorma 400, 500 CPAP REMstar SE Auto CPAP
For patients using affected BiLevel PAP and CPAP devices: Discontinue use of your device and work with your physician or Durable Medical Equipment (DME) provider to determine the most appropriate options for continued treatment. To continue use of your device due to lack of alternatives, consult with your physician to determine if the benefit of continuing therapy with your device outweighs the risks identified in the recall notification.*
For patients using affected life-sustaining mechanical ventilator devices: Do not stop or alter your prescribed therapy until you have talked to your physician. Philips recognizes that alternate ventilator options for therapy may not exist or may be severely limited for patients who require a ventilator for life-sustaining therapy, or in cases where therapy disruption is unacceptable. In these situations, and at the discretion of the treating clinical team, the benefit of continued usage of these ventilator devices may outweigh the risks identified in the recall notification.*
* This is a recall notification for the US only, and a field safety notice for the rest of the world
If your device is not on the list of affected devices
Continue CPAP as prescribed. The Philips CPAP recall does not apply to you.
How Long Will It Take for Philips Respironics To Address All Recalled Machines?
It will take quite a long time to learn about the potential long-term effects of exposure to this degraded sound insulating foam. If you or a loved one has been exposed to black debris inside a machine that is part of the Philips CPAP recall, call the experienced defective medical device attorneys at Cowan & Hilgeman Law. Call (937) 222-2030 today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.
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In 2021, Dayton Highway Patrol has already investigated 287 crashes. This number amounts to 2 more vehicle crash investigations than during the whole of 2020, setting us on track to experience a particularly deadly 2021. After reporting an accident within the city of Dayton, injury lawyer Jack Hilgeman might be the next person you want to call.
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As the Coronavirus escalates, public roadways and highways have become empty in recent weeks as more people opt to stay in the safety of their homes. In an effort to reduce transmission among law enforcement officers, many police departments have also reduced the number and frequency of speed traps on highways. Many drivers appear to be taking advantage of the more open roads and lack of law enforcement, which has led to a dramatic increase in fatal car accidents nationwide.
A recent report released by the Governors Highways Safety Administration indicates a significant spike in speeding facilitated by the open highways. Many drivers have apparently completely thrown caution out the window, regularly hitting speeds of up to 100 mph. This, of course, makes the car accidents that do occur more dangerous.
The Governors Highways Safety Administration cautions every road user to adhere to set traffic safety laws, particularly during these unprecedented times where emergency response times may be longer and hospital resources are already stretched thin. The association is reminding road users to remain vigilant and follow all laws to avoid car accidents and reduce additional strain on hospital emergency rooms.
Recent car accident reports for 2020 to-date indicate that 17% of all traffic-related incidents involve pedestrians.
At the same time, the study indicates that pedestrians and bicycle riders have increased substantially in recent weeks following the decrease in motor vehicle traffic. More people sequestered at home means that more families are taking walks, going for bike rides and using our streets for entertainment rather than a means of conveyance. Drivers should be extra cautious of the increase in foot traffic.
The Governors’ Report suggest a significant increase in the number of speeding tickets issued in recent weeks.
Notably, some states have reported a reduction in crashes, but the few recorded accidents have turned out to be severe or even fatal, mainly because of over-speeding and reckless drivers. You may be tempted to put your foot down on a clear, unobstructed stretch of highway, but you should avoid this temptation at all costs.
Whether you are a driver or a pedestrian, obeying traffic rules is vital to keeping our roads and highways safe and accident-free as the country grapples with fighting this national pandemic. If you have been unfortunate enough to be involved in a car accident, you need an experienced car accident attorney on your side. Cowan & Hilgeman Law is one of Dayton’s top rated car accident attorneys. Call (937) 222-2030 today to schedule your FREE, no obligation phone or video consultation. If we don’t win your case, you don’t pay a penny.
Collisions, slip & falls and other accidents haven’t stopped, so neither will we. It is more important than ever for Americans to understand that the law and justice is still on their side if they are injured due to someone else’s negligence, even during the Coronavirus lockdown. We can discuss your potential case and meet clients virtually via online consultation, sign documents securely via the internet, and continue providing Ohioans with access to justice from the comforts of their own home.
If you were injured in a crash, you will still need prompt and extensive medical care. You may also wish to pursue legal damages to cover the cost of treatment. The COVID-19 quarantine is also a very dangerous time for people in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes and assisted living, as we have explained in a previous blog post. When care facilities are short-staffed, care of residents invariably suffers. We are here to help prevent that from happening.
Time is of the essence when collecting evidence to support your case, so you must not wait until restrictions have been lifted to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney.
We simply do not know how much longer stay-at-home orders will last. Don’t let your chance to receive fair and just compensation for your injuries slip by because of this uncertainty. The personal injury attorneys at Cowan & Hilgeman are proud to offer free online consultations. Call our office at (937) 222-2030 to schedule your free online consultation today.
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Attorney, Jack R. Hilgeman, Partner at Cowan & Hilgeman, was named to the 2018 list of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, which is a professional organization identifying and highlighting the accomplishments of the nation’s most esteemed and skilled litigators in high stakes legal matters.
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Attorney Jack R. Hilgeman of Cowan & Hilgeman has recovered millions in compensation for his clients. The personal injury lawyers at Cowan & Hilgeman handle claims involving personal injury, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, product liability and wrongful death.
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