Some Philips CPAP, BiPAP machines may not work as intended, FDA says in recall

Some Philips CPAP, BiPAP machines may not work as intended, FDA says in recall

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Key Facts

  • The problem could lead to serious health problems such as heart failure, respiratory failure or death, the FDA says.
  • The machines provide continuous positive airway pressure, known as CPAP, to keep the airways open with a steady stream of air through a mask or bilevel positive airway pressure, also known as BiPAP support, pumping air into the lungs using different pressures.
  • Philips has sent letters to affected customers to encourage them to continue to use the devices until a replacement is sent or their health care provider makes pressure changes on their current device.
  • The fastest way to manage the problem, the FDA says, is to contact the provider to ask about a manual reset of pressure, either remotely or in person.

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