New Safety Alert for Philips Dreamstation 2 CPAP users


Hey Sleep Warrior.

Just when we thought the CPAP drama was over…a new warning came out last month about the Dreamstation 2 CPAP machines. The Dreamstation 2 machines are new CPAP machines – at least within the past 3 years. In fact, they were often used as replacement machines for the Dreamstation 1 and older Respironics machines during the infamous RECALL of 2021. 


Well, a few weeks ago, the FDA issued a critical safety warning to patients and healthcare providers about Philips DreamStation 2 CPAP machines. The warning came out after numerous reports of the devices overheating, posing potential hazards to users.


Between August and November 2023, the FDA noted an alarming increase in reports of problems with these devices. More than 270 incidents have been reported, including fire, smoke, and other overheating issues


Here’s what you should know: 


If you're using a DreamStation 2, it's okay to use it, you just need to monitor your device closely. 

The FDA advises:

#1 - Place the CPAP machine on a firm, flat surface.

#2 - Keep it away from carpet, fabric, and flammable materials.

#3 - Regularly clean your machine and empty the water reservoir.

#4 - Let the heater plate and water tank cool for about 15 minutes before removing them to avoid burns.


What I recommend is that if you use the Dreamstation 2, just be aware of any overheating - this could show up as unusual smells or even strange sounds. If you notice any of these issues, stop using your machine and unplug it. 


If you have experienced any of these issues, report your concerns about your machine to both the FDA and Philips - see the link below. And if you don’t feel safe using your machine, contact your sleep provider or medical equipment company for a replacement machine. The good news is that the FDA currently does not recommend discontinuing the use of these machines if you are not experiencing these issues. However, staying vigilant is key


And, the FDA is working with Philips to understand and resolve these issues. They are committed to updating the public with any new information as it becomes available.


I hope this helps you navigate this important CPAP safety issue. Thanks for being here, I’ll see you next week.

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