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Medical device recall: Philips Respironics Sleep Medical Device

September 2, 2022

After discovering a potential health risk related to the foam in certain sleep breathing devices (CPAP and BiPAP sleep machines), the manufacturer, Philips Respironics, issued a voluntary Field Safety Notice, recalling many of their devices. 


CBHSSJB clients who were given these devices will be contacted by a Respiratory Therapist by phone to help determine whether the device is defective. If defective, the therapist will provide instructions on how to have the device repaired or replaced. 

In the meantime, we strongly suggest that clients talk to their health care providers at their local Community Miyupimaatisiiun Centre (CMC) or at the Regional Hospital to decide on a suitable treatment for their condition

Suggested treatment may include one of the following:

  • Stopping use of the device  

  • Continuing to use the affected device if the health care provider determines that the benefits outweigh the risks identified in the recall.  According to Health Canada, the benefit of using these devices outweighs the risks for many users. 

  • Using alternative treatments for sleep apnea.


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