If you use an affected BiPAP or CPAP machine or you are a caregiver of someone who uses an affected BiPAP or CPAP machine, continue reading to learn what is recommended to do and the next steps to take.
What should I do if I have a BiPAP or CPAP machine?
One of the first steps you should take after discovering that you have been using an affected BiPAP or CPAP machine is to speak with your health care provider to determine which treatment is suitable for your condition. There are various possibilities that your health care provider might suggest for your specific circumstances. The following are some of the most common plans of action for a person to take after using an affected device:
- Stop use of your device.
- Use another similar device that is not part of the recall.
- If your health care provider determines that the benefits outweigh the risks identified in the recall notification, continue to use your affected device.
- Use alternative treatments for sleep apnea.
- This may include positional therapy or oral appliances. These appliances fit like a sports mouthguard or an orthodontic retainer.
- Initiate long-term therapies for sleep apnea.
- Some of these tactics may include losing weight, avoiding alcohol, stopping smoking, or surgical options for moderate to severe sleep apnea cases.
The next step you should take is to register your device on the Phillips Respironics’ recall website. This website will allow you to stay informed on any updates from Philips regarding any corrective fixes or new instructions. The FDA has required Phillips Respironics to provide these updates to those who have been affected.
It is also important that you report any issues you have encountered with a device through the FDA’s MedWatch Voluntary Reporting Form.
If you have chosen to keep your device, it is important that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding replacement and cleaning the machine and its accessories. One of the most prominent points to consider is that ozone cleaners may worsen the breakdown of the foam which can cause a potential risk associated with the use of ozone and ultraviolet light products for cleaning CPAP machines and accessories.
If you have any additional questions regarding your affected device and the legal action you may be able to take if you have sustained injuries from a BiPAP or CPAP machine, give our experienced defective medical device attorney a call.
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