What is a CPAP machine?

CPAP is an acronym that stands for “continuous positive airway pressure.” It is a form of Positive Airway Pressure therapy, “PAP” therapy. A CPAP machine can help people breathe better while sleeping because it delivers steady and constant air pressure. The device contains a hose that connects to a mask or nosepiece, and it helps regulate breathing by supplying pressurized air. This steady stream of oxygen prevents a person’s airway from becoming blocked or collapsing.

What is a CPAP machine used for?

About 50-70 million US adults have a sleep disorder. One of the most common sleep disorders is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and CPAP machines are a regularly prescribed treatment for people getting a quality night’s rest. Loud snoring is also strongly associated with OSA, which can disrupt the sleep of the snorer and their partner.

What are the health risks associated with CPAP machines?

Due to the June 2021 recall of Philips Respironics Ventilators, there has been a lot of talk about their ventilators, CPAP, and BiPAP machines and the health risks associated with them all. In short, the devices have been linked to causing cancer, respiratory problems, vision issues, and other serious health concerns. This is likely caused by the device’s foam breaking down into black particles that potentially contain dangerous gases and carcinogenic chemicals. Since these machines are connected to the user’s nose all night, these harmful gases and chemicals are going straight into their respiratory system. Read more about the significant health injuries and risks that could be caused by CPAP machines here.

Who is at risk in the CPAP equipment recall?

The FDA has classified the Philips Respironics recall as a class 1 recall – the most serious type of recall. The alert stated, “These issues can result in serious injury, which can be life-threatening, cause permanent impairment, and require medical attention to prevent permanent damage.” Our New York Product Liability team of fierce and highly experienced attorneys is actively working on CPAP Equipment Recall cases. Learn more about the specific devices included in the recall and see if you have a case by clicking here. We are representing CRAP victims nationwide.

How can we help?

KDLM is a top New York personal injury firm committed to helping injured clients get the justice they deserve. We are pioneers in medical negligence and have extensive experience with products liability. Our senior partners are part of The Inner Circle of Advocates, which is limited to America’s top 100 trial lawyers.

If you suffered a medical injury as a result of using a recalled Philips CPAP device, contact our CPAP injury attorneys for a free, no-obligation consultation.