Can Philips CPAP Machines Cause Pneumonia?

January 31, 2022 | By Riddle & Brantley Accident Injury Lawyers
Can Philips CPAP Machines Cause Pneumonia?

Philip CPAP Machines and Potential Pneumonia Risk

Last year, Philips announced that it would recall many of the company’s CPAP machines and ventilators. This recall was submitted to the FDA and indicated that the polyester-based polyurethane sound abatement foam in the machines could degrade and potentially cause a variety of health issues, possibly including respiratory problems like pneumonia and various types of cancer. Since the recall, many consumers have come forward with various health problems they attribute to long-term use of these recalled devices, including pneumonia. So, can recalled Philips CPAP machines really cause pneumonia? In this blog post, we’ll discuss the potential connection between defective Philips CPAP machines and recurrent pneumonia. We’ll also discuss CPAP lawsuits and, in particular, CPAP pneumonia lawsuits that allege these devices caused users’ chronic pneumonia. IMPORTANT: As of June 2024, due to recent developments in the litigation, we can no longer accept Philips CPAP claims.

Can Philips CPAP Machines Cause Pneumonia?

A recent complaint filed with the Northern District of California describes the claimant developing “chronic bronchitis, COPD, sarcoidosis, pulmonary hypertension, severe headaches and….pneumonia at least three times.” She attributes these health conditions to her nightly use of her Philips DreamStation Auto CPAP machine, which was one of the machines recalled by Philips. Bacteria, fungi, and viruses can all cause pneumonia. Additional risk factors for pneumonia include inflammation of the respiratory tract, as this reduces the natural defenses in the lungs that can ward off foreign bacteria.

Already Elevated Risk

CPAP machines and ventilators already come with an elevated risk for pneumonia when not operated and cleaned properly. This is a phenomenon described by the CDC as “ventilator-associated pneumonia.” This is because the warm, moist air inside a ventilator or CPAP can provide the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. Also, ventilators and CPAP machines that are defective or not cared for properly can cause irritation of the nose, throat, and lungs, weakening the body’s natural defenses. This makes it easier for foreign bacteria and viruses to infect the respiratory system.

Increased Pneumonia Risk with Defective CPAP Machines

According to Philips’ recall filing with the Food and Drug Administration, a sound-abating foam in its recalled CPAP machines “may degrade into particles which may enter the device’s air pathway and be ingested or inhaled by the user, and the foam may off-gas certain chemicals.” Inhaling foreign objects or gases can have serious respiratory consequences for many people, especially people already struggling with respiratory issues that led them to use a CPAP machine or ventilator in the first place. Further investigation into this failure found that it was made more likely to occur because of a design flaw that allowed moist air to pass over the foam insert, which sped up its ability to degrade. Philips CPAP Machines and Pneumonia RiskSo, with additional moisture and foreign substances entering the lungs due to the potentially faulty design of the Philips machines, it’s not surprising that people are reporting pneumonia and other respiratory or bronchial issues potentially caused by the CPAP machines. Based on the evidence available, it seems reasonable to believe that defective Philips CPAP machines may cause pneumonia in some users. However, studies about the health risks are still ongoing. IMPORTANT: Philips strongly denies any liability and/or wrongdoing associated with claims that recalled CPAP machines, Bi-Level PAP machines, and ventilators cause pneumonia and other health problems.

“Can I File a CPAP Pneumonia Lawsuit?”

IMPORTANT: As of June 2024, due to recent developments in the litigation, we can no longer accept Philips CPAP claims. Due to the potential connection between CPAP machines and pneumonia, our firm is actively investigating these claims and considering filing Philips CPAP pneumonia lawsuits. If you’ve been diagnosed with recurring pneumonia or another qualifying disease after using a recalled Philips CPAP machine, Bi-Level PAP machine, or ventilator, you may qualify for potentially significant compensation in a CPAP lawsuit.

Beyond recurrent pneumonia, other injuries potentially caused by inhaling or absorbing foam particulates from Philips CPAP machines include:

  • Severe ear, eye, nose, throat, sinus, or oral cavity inflammation and injury including nodules, cysts, and tumors
  • Respiratory problems, including:
    • Reactive Airway Disease (RAD)
    • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)
    • Recurrent pneumonia
    • New or or worsening asthma
  • Lung damage / lung disease
  • Kidney damage/ kidney disease
  • Liver damage / liver disease
  • Heart problems
  • Sudden respiratory failure leading to heart attack
Defective CPAP machines may also cause cancer, potentially including:
  • Lung cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Rectal cancer
  • Brain cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Nasal cancer
  • Throat cancer
  • Laryngeal cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Papillary cancer
  • Various types of leukemia
  • Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • Multiple myeloma
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