New Test Results in Recalled CPAP Machines
New Test Results for Recalled CPAP Machines Revealed by Philips Respironics - Updated 2023
Hey, Sleep Warriors!
- Philips Respironics released testing results this week on their sleep therapy (aka CPAP) devices – and the good news is that they found that their recalled devices are safe for most users.
- The tests focused on the sound-abating foam used in specific CPAP and BIPAP machines - the machines that were part of the voluntary recall in 2021.
- Results showed that emissions from the foam are within safe limits and unlikely to harm patients.
- Visual inspections confirmed that significant foam degradation is rare in used devices. The percent of devices that showed foam breakdown was 0.5% in machines that were not exposed to ozone cleaners and 9% in those that had used ozone cleaners.
- these results were put out by Philips, the manufacturer of the device. The FDA is reviewing the results and will be drawing its own conclusions, so stay tuned for that!
- Over 4.5 million devices have been fixed globally and about 2.4 million in the US.
- If you haven’t registered and replaced your Respironics device, it’s not too late - you can do so HERE (https://www.usa.philips.com/healthcare/e/sleep/communications/src-update)
- The recommendations for the voluntary recall haven’t changed nor has their guidance for patients using their recalled devices, and that is that you should speak with your medical provider about the risks of using a recalled machine vs the risk of stopping use and leaving your sleep apnea untreated or trying another treatment option.
- As a reminder, Ozone and UV light cleaning products should not be used on sleep therapy devices.
- In conclusion, Philips Respironics will continue testing their devices and provide updates in the future.