Millions of people across the U.S. use CPAP machines due to sleep apnea disorders. In a recent blog post, we mentioned that Philips is recalling several of these devices because of the potential for serious health concerns to result from ordinary use.
As the issue remains under investigation, both medical professionals and patients are unsure exactly what this means for the big picture. Doctors don’t know if the devices pose significant long-term risks, and users have to balance this risk against their immediate health concerns. It’s placing everyone in a no-win situation, with no real solutions in sight.
Additionally, users of the devices are concerned about the timeframe proposed by Philips. The company is saying that they should complete their review of the issues, and potentially issue replacements, within a 12-month period. Those who depend on CPAPs cannot spend the entire year facing such uncertainty. The choices they face are using a device that could cause serious health conditions, or face health consequences that come without using the machines.
Many are unable to get replacement devices right now because of the current unknowns with these problems. Insurance companies are not issuing replacements, leaving individuals in flux while things move forward.
Several lawsuits have been initiated against Philips due to the defective devices. Some hope that these cases will encourage the company to find and offer a resolution much faster than the year time period it has proposed earlier.
If you use a Philips manufactured CPAP machine, talk to your doctor about whether or not you should continue to use the machine at this time. Your healthcare professional will be able to offer you guidance about the right steps to take while these issues are being examined.