Philips Recall – Update for patients
As you likely are aware, Philips Respironics issued a voluntary recall of certain sleep and respiratory care products to address potential health risks related to the polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam in these devices. This news likely was jarring to patients with these devices. There are several updates after the recall that may be useful for you as a patient, particularly if you have or are still using a Philips Respironics device.
First, all patients who have been affected by the recall are encouraged to register with Philips. After registration, you will receive additional information as it becomes available. If you are affected by the recall, you may consider registering to remain up to date on announcements from Philips. You can do so at this link.
Second, Philips announced in December 2021 that they are currently doing research to understand the health risks associated with exposure to PE-PUR foam to better assess and scope potential patient health risks related to possible emission of particulates from degraded foam and certain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The current findings suggest exposure to the level of VOC’s in the affected Philips Respironics devices is not typically anticipated to result in long-term consequences. Despite this Philips is proceeding with recall efforts as planned.
Third, Philips has already begun rework on the affected devices and aims to complete repairs and importantly, replace recalled devices to those affected by the recall by September 2022.
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