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What kinds of health problems can arise from using defective CPAP devices?

Some users of faulty machines noticed only minor symptoms such as throat and eye irritation, coughing, watery eyes, headache, and difficulty in waking up.


West Palm Beach, Florida – A large-scale recall of certain CPAP machines, ventilators and BiPAP has occurred after serious issues were discovered. The devices in question were manufactured by Philips Respironics, and users may possibly experience very serious health issues in some cases. The Food and Drug Administration is currently reviewing the devices and investigating potential problems caused by their use. Anyone who has used such devices should check the manufacturer’s website to see if they may have been affected, and then talk to their doctor. After these steps, it may be necessary to contact a lawyer and join one of the lawsuits against Philips.

Causes of health problems

The recalled machines developed a foam insulation problem that was designed to reduce noise and noise from the machines while the user slept. Over time, this insulation actually broke and began to enter the machine’s airflow, which meant that users could end up with toxic foam in their respiratory system. Areas with high amounts of heat and humidity are more prone to degradation of the foam insulation. People who have used a faulty CPAP machine for an extended period of time without noticing this problem may be at the greatest risk for developing serious health complications.

Types of symptoms

Some users of faulty machines noticed only minor symptoms such as throat and eye irritation, coughing, watery eyes, headache, and difficulty in waking up. It is also possible that some people experience respiratory irritation, nausea, and more constant pressure in the upper chest. Philips had received complaints about these and other symptoms for some time before the recall, and research is still ongoing to determine exactly which symptoms are the result of faulty CPAP machines versus other potential health issues.

Man in blue jeans and gray sweater holding abdomen in pain; image by Derneuemann, via Pixabay.com.

Long-term health issues

After looking at the health issues, concerned doctors believed that more serious issues could arise for users in the future. Eyes, skin, and respiratory tract may experience irritation or long-term damage. More importantly, the liver, kidneys, and possibly other organs can develop cancer or permanent damage and injury due to the toxicity of the foam insulation that enters the body.

Florida CPAP Recall Lawyers

Smith and Vanture is an experienced law firm that can handle product recall cases, personal injury lawsuits, and lawsuits related to various other accidents. Local clients in the West Palm Beach area and neighboring areas of Florida can contact their accident attorneys for advice.