What are CPAP, BiPAP, and Ventilator Machines?
Doctors prescribe CPAP or BiPAP machines as a breathing aid for sleep apnea disorders. It’s a condition where breathing abruptly stops and starts continuously during sleep. It’s caused by blockage or collapse of the windpipe and forgetful breathing during sleep. Aside from tiredness, sleep apnea can lead to severe illness.
The machines function as ventilators for the windpipes and lungs. They provide pressurized air, which keeps the airways free of obstruction and prevents them from collapsing.
The Danger in Philip’s Recalled Machines
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an alert on June 30, 2021, to people using Philips CPAP and BiPAP machines and Respironics ventilators because of their potential health risks. According to the statement, Philips used a polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam to muffle sound and vibration from the recalled gadgets. PE-PUR foam slowly degrades, emitting poisonous gasses that find their way into patients’ respiratory tracts.
The FDA inspected Philips facilities and found the PE-PUR foam has a silicone base. When silicone particles break down and find their way into the airways, they may cause chronic respiratory illnesses. Water, heat, and light increase the breakdown process of this polyester foam.
Moisture comes from the nasal tube and mouth as a breathing by-product. Unfortunately, water speeds up the hydrolysis of this foam, breaking it into polyurethane esters, which enter the patient’s body through inhalation and ingestion.
OUR LAW OFFICE CAN HELP
Ironically, Philips was aware of the potential risks of using PE-PUR in 2015, as indicated in the FDA inspection report. Patients can bring a case against Philips because they went against their fiduciary obligation to patients, healthcare facilities, and other stakeholders by rolling out and profiting from defective equipment. Robert J. DeBry & Associates is ready to represent people affected by the faulty equipment produced by Philips.
- Professional expertise. Our personal injury lawyers have dealt with cases like yours. We know the common pitfalls to avoid as well as opportunities and strategies to help your case succeed.
- Accurate compensation. Faulty medical equipment can result in a lot of expenses beyond medical itself. Hiring an injury lawyer can ensure that you get coverage for other costs, such as missed wages or pain and suffering.
- Peace of mind. There is a lot of paperwork and other details to keep track of when filing a lawsuit. An injury attorney can make sure that all of the official things are taken care of, not only accurately but in a timely manner.
If you have been affected by any of the recalled models, Robert J. DeBry & Associates can assist with getting your compensation. We have the resources, expertise, and experience to represent our clients and expedite the process of acquiring their compensation.
Patients exhibit these symptoms when they inhale or ingest the PE-PUR foam.
- Bronchial asthma
- Cancer on target organs
In the body, PE-PUR foam can also cause long-term complications.
- Long-Term Lung Conditions
Their presence in the lungs causes acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). ARDS occurs because of widespread inflammation in the lungs. It causes fluid build-up, which interferes with breathing. Fluid accumulation also leads to pleural effusion.
The foreign particles can also trigger overreaction in the windpipes, leading to reactive airway disease. The impact of the particles on the lungs reduces the lung’s capacity to take in oxygen, reducing the concentration of oxygen in the blood. The physiological interruption also leads to a build-up of carbon dioxide in the blood, resulting in respiratory failure. The particles also cause recurrent pneumonia because of damaged lung tissue and lung and pulmonary disease and damage.
The PE-PUR foam residue also causes severe inflammation on the tissues surrounding the ear, nose, and throat.
- Liver Infection
Particles that find their way into the digestive tract end up in the liver, where they cause damage and disease.
- Kidney Failure
The foam particles also block the kidney or interfere with the biochemistry of other organs, which eventually damage the kidneys.
A group of lung diseases that block airflow and make it difficult to breathe.
At Robert J. DeBry & Associates, we help patients and health practitioners subjected to using faulty equipment by their manufacturers. We have a team of attorneys and associates working on our client’s behalf to ensure they receive their compensation.