Those who suffer from sleep apnea deal with a potentially serious sleeping disorder that involves repeated starts and stops in one’s breathing throughout the sleep cycle. Symptoms can include loud snoring and gasping for air while sleeping, insomnia and irritability. In addition to these frustrating symptoms, the medical experts with Mayo Clinic note that those who suffer from sleep apnea are also at a higher risk of liver problems, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart problems.
Thankfully, those who suffer from serious sleep apnea can seek relief through continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment. This involves use of a machine that delivers air pressure through a mask that helps to keep your airways open while you sleep — better ensuring you get the oxygen you need while your body rests.
Although treatment is available and often successful, we are now aware that the manufacturers behind popular CPAP machines may have been negligent in their production of these medical devices.
What is wrong with CPAP machines?
In June of 2021, Philips Respironics recalled millions of CPAP, BiPAP and ventilator machines due to defective components. One issue: a foam within the device designed to help cut down on the noise of the machine can degrade and lead to ingestion or inhalation of dangerous toxins while using the machine. Reports are also pointing to evidence Philips may have been aware of the issue well before the recall.
Should I keep using my CPAP?
This is a question to ask your medical care provider. Take the time to reach out and voice your concerns, seek medical advice from those who know your medical history and can provide guidance on your specific situation. For some, the medical benefits may outweigh the risks. For others, it may be advantageous to discuss other potential treatment options.
What if use of my CPAP machine causes injury?
Although the first is a question best left to medical professionals, this is one for the legal professionals. Our country has laws in place to help better ensure manufacturers do not put out products that cause injury. In certain situations those who are injured by a product can use the protection offered by these laws to hold the manufacturers and other responsible parties accountable for the cost of their errors. Injuries caused by CPAP machines may qualify.