Important Update:Understanding the Philips CPAP Machine Halt


Hey Sleep Warrior! 


Today I’m bringing you an important update from Philips Respironics. When I was off working in Saipan, Philips announced a significant decision to halt sales of new CPAP machines. This news has left many in our community with questions, especially those currently using Philips CPAP devices. Today, we're diving into what this means for you and how to navigate the situation.

Why Did This Happen? Review of CPAP Recall Information:

First, let's talk about the "why" behind Philips Respironics' decision. The company previously issued a recall for certain CPAP, BiPAP, and ventilator devices due to potential health risks from the foam used in these machines. This foam, intended for noise reduction, was found to potentially degrade and release harmful particles or gases. The health implications prompted a global recall to ensure user safety.

Recently, Philips has extended this caution by stopping the sale of new CPAP machines - meaning the Dreamstation 2. While this move indicates a commitment to addressing issues thoroughly before continuing to supply the market, what should you do if you are currently using the Dreamstation 2 replacement device?

Here's what you need to know:

  • Continue Using Your Device: Despite the halt in sales, there is no current recommendation to stop using recalled Philips CPAP machines. Ongoing research aims to assess the risks more comprehensively. However, the dangers of untreated sleep apnea, including increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and other serious conditions, typically outweigh the potential risks from using these devices.
  • Consult Your Sleep Medicine Provider: It's essential to discuss any concerns with your sleep medicine provider. They can offer personalized advice based on the latest information and your specific health situation. Your provider may suggest continued use under close monitoring or explore alternative therapy options if necessary.

In light of the Philips CPAP machine recall and sales halt, staying informed and consulting with your healthcare provider is paramount. Remember, your well-being is the top priority. Untreated sleep apnea poses significant health risks, so it's crucial to weigh your options carefully and follow professional guidance.

Thanks for being here, I’ll see you next week. 

Waiting on a Machine or Just Getting Started With A CPAP? 

Due to the recent recall and general delays in healthcare services, many people are forced to wait to get their CPAP machines. There are things you can do to prepare, so download the first of its kind guide with actionable tips you can start on today.


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