(June 2021)

Philips Respironics recently announced a voluntary recall for many of its respiratory care products. This includes some continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) devices and some ventilators. This is because of issues related to the foam used in these devices to make them more quiet.

The foam may break down into particles that can enter the device’s air pathway and be swallowed or inhaled by the user. The foam may also release certain chemicals. The use of unapproved cleaning methods, such as ozone, could make the foam problems worse. Philips says high temperatures and humidity may also make the foam problems worse.

How to find out if a device is recalled:

What UCHealth is doing to keep patients safe:

  • We are replacing recalled devices at our hospitals and sleep labs as replacement models become available.
  • Patients, staff and providers may see different devices being used in our facilities as we replace some equipment with devices not involved in the voluntary recall.
  • If a patient who is being admitted to a hospital brings in their own CPAP, BiPAP or ventilator device, respiratory therapists will check the device to see if it is on the recall list.
  • Respiratory therapists will talk to patients who are leaving our hospitals and going home with a CPAP, BiPAP or ventilator machine and share information about the recall.

The notification from Philips advises:

  • For BiPAP and CPAP devices: Stop using the affected devices and talk with your doctor to determine the most appropriate options for continued treatment, based on the benefits of continuing therapy and potential identified risks.
  • For life-sustaining ventilator devices: Do not stop or change your prescribed therapy on affected life-sustaining mechanical ventilator devices without talking to your doctor.
  • Philips is recommending that customers and patients avoid using ozone-related cleaning products and follow their device’s Instructions for Use for approved cleaning methods. Additionally, Philips is reminding customers to check the age of their devices, as they are typically recommended to be replaced after five years of use.

If you have questions about your medical care, please contact your physician or advanced practice provider using My Health Connection.

We sincerely apologize for any trouble this recall may cause. UCHealth is committed to our patients’ safety and excellent medical care.