Polyurethane Foam Problems Nudge Philips To Recall Certain Sleep, Mechanical Ventilator Devices
Sound abatement foam used in particular bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP), continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), and other mechanical ventilator devices made by Royal Philips could degrade, posing a risk to patients.
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The recalled vents are designed to provide high-flow therapy to patients, but problems can crop up “if the system pressure reaches the default maximum limit,” the US agency says. The recall is more bad news for Philips, which recently initiated a separate class I recall of certain breathing and ventilator devices.
The US FDA on 22 July designated a recent recall by Royal Philips of certain bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP), continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), and other mechanical ventilator devices as high-risk class I.
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