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Recall of Philips Sleep Apnoea Machine

Posted in [Blog] on Wednesday, February 1st, 2023

In April 2021 Philips Respironics recalled from the worldwide market some of their ventilation machines used by patients for sleep apnoea and breathing difficulties.     These devices may be used by patients either at home or in healthcare institutions such as hospitals or long-term care facilities and may be used to provide either continuous or non-continuous breathing support, often to vulnerable patients including children.

The problem stems from a type of foam (polyester-based polyurethane foam) used in the affected devices to reduce sound and vibration. The first identified issue is that the foam may degrade or break down into particles which could go on to be inhaled or ingested by the user of the device and the second issue is that the foam may emit or release certain chemicals during use of the device.

The manufacturer has identified a number of potential risks, including headache, upper airway irritation, cough, chest pressure and sinus infection and potential risks related to exposure to carcinogens.

The advice from the HSE at the time was to “Keep using your device until you can get it replaced or repaired, or your doctor prescribes another treatment” see link to the advice in full and

Cantillons have had a number of enquiries from patients affected and we continue our investigations with a view to achieving adequate compensation for any injuries users of these devices may have suffered.

The EU legislation providing safeguards for medical devices is occurring slowly but surely, since the launch of the EU Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) in 2017 which took effect in May 2021 with a transition period until May 2024. This global recall is a reminder that that overhaul is necessary and overdue to protect patients using medical devices.

Contact us at Cantillons Solicitors at +353 (0)21 4275673 or  if you would like more information.

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