A potential risk forced the recall of millions of breathing aids used by sleepers last year, but the issue has not yet been resolved.
The pressurised CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines have an issue in that the foam degrades with time. The Philips warning from June 2021 states that people with sleep apnea may inhale minute particles and harmful substances.
The business said at the time that it could fix or replace the units in a year. Instead, the recall escalated to include more than 5 million gadgets worldwide, and the Dutch business warns that the issue might not be fixed until the next year.
To keep users’ airways open while they sleep, CPAP machines operate by pushing air through a mask.
When your breathing repeatedly stops and resumes while you’re asleep, you have a significant sleep problem called sleep apnea. If left untreated, it may result in loud snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, or more serious issues including high blood pressure or heart problems.
Snoring, daytime tiredness, restlessness during sleep, dry mouth, waking up suddenly after gasping, and night sweats are among the symptoms.
Men are more likely than women to have it; according to the Associated Press, 10% to 30% of people are affected.
According to Philips, testing of the recalled products is going well, as reported by the AP.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, risks from the foam include headache, asthma, allergic responses, and impacts that can cause cancer in internal organs.
The AP reported that more than 340 personal injury cases filed against Philips have been merged in federal court.