Philips Recalls Sleep and Respiratory Care Devices
Editor's Note: Last Updated on July 14, 2021
Since one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of sleep and respiratory care devices issued a voluntary recall for several of its machines, BayCare has been working to assist its patients who rely on the devices or need to buy one.
Earlier this month, BayCare HomeCare worked with manufacturer Philips to add nearly 29,000 patients who received a sleep or respiratory device through BayCare to the Philips’ recall registry. This step puts those patients in-line to have their impacted machines repaired or replaced. The health system is also working with health care providers across the region to help meet the needs of their patients, including those who need to receive a device for the first time.
Philips issued the voluntary recall for several models of its Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices, BiLevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiLevel PAP) devices and mechanical ventilators on June 14, 2021 following reports of possible health risks related to exposure to degraded foam and chemical emissions from the foam material. Philips’ recall has triggered a nationwide shortage of CPAP machines, affecting many patients across the country.
“Our top priority is the health and safety of our patients,” said Kathryn McGuire, vice president of BayCare HomeCare. “That’s why we’re working with our Philips and other manufacturers as well as health care providers to ensure patients have access to a device as soon as possible.”
For patients who have questions about their device status or want to learn more about the recall, visit the Philips’ website or call at 877-907-7508.