The CPAP Recall: What You Need to Know

Sleep apnea is a problem that affects millions globally, often interfering with sleep quality and ease of respiration. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and sleep apnea machines were developed to help relieve people from this respiratory concern. Sadly, these machines have also become a source of significant danger for individuals. Recently, a major manufacturer of CPAP and sleep apnea machines recalled its products. This recall was based on how the defective machine was harmful to users. Unfortunately, several users had started experiencing some adverse effects before the recall was made. This article discusses what the CPAP recall is all about, the side effects of using the defective devices, and the financial compensation available for those affected. But before delving into these areas, let us first take a closer look at what a CPAP device does.

What does a CPAP device do?


CPAP is a form of therapy that helps a patient suffering from obstructive sleep apnea to breathe easily while sleeping. This therapy works by providing the patient with a continual air stream into the lungs, consequently preventing the muscles present in the throat from collapsing shut. The CPAP should not be mistaken with the machine that provides oxygen. All it simply does is provide air pressure that ensures that the airways remain open while the patient is asleep. The CPAP is designed in the form of a mask covering the nose and mouth, with headbands that fit tightly around the head. Basically, the CPAP works by creating a tight seal that prevents air from leaving. This machine has been effective in the prevention and reversal of sleep apnea, but concerns are on how the machine releases deadly toxins to the users.

Phillips CPAP Machines


In the US, there has been widespread use of CPAP machines as a result of how common the sleep apnea condition is among patients. This has given rise to many CPAP manufacturing companies. Among these companies, Phillips CPAP machines are quite common. Generally, Phillips is a medical device manufacturing company, however, the organization focuses more on the creation of CPAP machines and other similar devices. Philips CPAP machines were sold under the Dream Station brand name.

Problems with Philips CPAP Machines


The problem with the Philips CPAP machine results from trying to make the machine less noisy so as not to disturb patients while sleeping. However, in the process of trying to do this, Philips used a unique type of polyurethane foam(PE-PUR) for sound reduction.
The PE-PUR foam, over time, degrades into tiny chemical particles and gases which are inhaled and ingested by the patient during sleep. Inhaling or ingesting these substances poses some serious health risks for users. Some of these chemicals and gasses include:
  • Toluene diamine: This is an ingredient used in the production of polyurethane, explosive sensitizers, and hair dyes. This deadly chemical can result in cancer, infertility, injuries to the organs, and birth defects.
  • Toluene diisocyanate: This chemical is a major ingredient of polyurethane. Exposure to this chemical can lead to eyes injury, respiratory problems, skin injury, cancer, and, at worst, death.
  • Diethylene glycol: When ingested, this chemical can irritate the skin and mucous membranes.
  • Dimethyl diazene: This is a gas used in the production of chemicals. There is an emission of this gas as the polyurethane foam disintegrates.
  • Phenol: This is a gas that helps in the production of other chemicals