On June 30, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Philips Respironics was recalling multiple CPAP and BiPAP machines after it was discovered that a sound abatement foam in the machines can break down and be inhaled or ingested by users, putting their health at risk.
On Sept. 6, 2022, the FDA announced that Philips Respironics has issued another recall for its CPAP and BiPAP products—this time for its therapy masks with magnetic headgear clips or straps. These devices are being recalled because they can pose a danger to patients, household members, caregivers, and bed partners who have implanted metallic devices or metallic objects in their bodies, as the magnetic straps on the masks can interfere with them.
Some of the metallic devices that can be affected by the magnetic straps include:
- Implantable cardioverter defibrillators
- Cerebral spinal fluid shunts
- Ocular implants
- Metallic splinters
- Cochlear implants
- Metallic gastrointestinal clips
- And more
The FDA recommends that patients stop using masks with magnetic straps if they or someone in their household who comes into close contact with their masks has a metallic implant. Instead, patients should talk to their doctors, who may recommend the use of non-magnetic masks.
At Ferrer Poirot Feller Daniel, we’re glad to see Philips and the FDA taking steps to reduce the risk that these masks can pose to patients and their families. If you or someone you love was harmed by a recalled Philips CPAP or BiPAP machine or component, we want to help.