In late August 2022, the FDA announced a safety recall on specific BiPAP machines after it was determined that some models contained contaminated plastic. This is the second recall Philips has had due to defective Philips ventilator devices. Some individuals who used these devices experienced negative health impacts.
What is the Latest BiPAP Safety Recall About?
According to the FDA, some Philips Respironics BiPAP machines on the market contain contaminated plastic near the device’s motor. When turned on, the machines might release hazardous chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Some devices also abruptly stop working during use due to the presence of contaminated plastic.
Signs and Symptoms of VOC Inhalation
If VOCs get released, the user might accidentally inhale small particles. This can lead to specific negative health effects, such as:
- Sinus and respiratory irritation (eyes, nose, mouth, throat)
- Skin irritation
- Dizziness and confusion
- Allergic reactions or immune system reactions
- Nausea and vomiting
Some experts believe inhaling these VOCs might lead to cancer. If the plastic causes the machine to fail, then the malfunction could result in a severe injury or even death to the user.
Which BiPAP Ventilators Were Recalled?
The BiPAP machines included in this recall were produced by Philips Respironics. Impacted machines used contaminated plastic in the device’s motor, which could have caused VOC inhalation. Here is a list of specific models and machines that are included in the recall:
- A-Series BiPAP A30
- A-Series BiPAP A40
- A-Series BiPAP V30
- OmniLab Advanced+
You can see the full list of all 386 affected Philips BiPAP machines using this FDA document. To determine whether your specific machine is included in the recall, you will want to look at the device’s serial number.
Products Liability Claims
In a typical product liability case, the injured party must prove that the product was unsafe and caused an otherwise avoidable injury. If they can do so, then they may be able to collect compensation in the form of:
- Current medical costs associated with the injury
- Future medical costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
If you suspect you were injured due to a recalled product, you may wish to talk with a product liability lawyer to determine whether you may have a case. Our firm will be happy to connect you with someone looking into these matters.