Announced on June 14, manufacturer Philips Respironics issued a voluntary recall of continuous and non-continuous ventilators (certain CPAP devices, dual-stage PAP and ventilators) due to two issues with polyurethane soundproofing foam polyester-based (PE-PUR) used in these devices: 1) PE-PUR foam can break down into particles that can enter the air circuit of the device and be ingested or inhaled by the user, and 2) PE-PUR foam can give off gases of certain chemicals.
Out of caution and based on the information available, Philips has raised the potential health risks associated with the noise-canceling foam used in certain Philips Continuous Positive Airway (CPAP), Two-Stage Positive Airway, and mechanical fans.
“Potential health risks include exposure to degraded soundproofing foam, for example caused by unapproved cleaning methods such as ozone, and exposure to chemical emissions from the foam. “
Although Groupe Medicus is not responsible for the recall, everything is done to support you. The situation is monitored very closely on a daily basis and each of us, especially your respiratory therapists, are fully committed to maintaining constant communication with you. Please see the Philips website for details.