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Notice: Equipment Recall

We have been notified that Philips Respironics has voluntarily recalled models of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP), and mechanical ventilator devices. If you have been prescribed one, your device may be included. Please review and follow the directions in the FDA Safety Communication to determine whether your CPAP, BiPAP or ventilator unit has been recalled. Please also see FDA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for additional information.

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If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, your physician may recommend a specific therapy known as continuous positive airway pressure or more commonly known as CPAP.

Sleep apnea means that you literally stop breathing while you are sleeping. In many instances, you may stop breathing multiple times.

What Does Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Therapy Involve?

CPAP machines work by forcing air through the airway passage at a pressure high enough to prevent apneas and can be prescribed for both obstructive and central sleep apnea.

At Jefferson's widely acclaimed Sleep Disorders Center, sleep specialists can accurately diagnose your sleep apnea. A CPAP machine has a flexible tube that connects the machine with a mask or other interface device that is worn over the nose and/or mouth while you sleep.

Treating Children with Sleep Apnea

If your child is experiencing obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, our sleep medicine specialists are highly skilled in performing CPAP therapy for children.

Rely on the experts of our Sleep Disorders Center to help you or your child get a good night's sleep.

Notice: Equipment Recall - Continued

Importantly,

  • If you are using a ventilator (e.g., Trilogy) machine that has been affected by the recall, do not stop or change ventilator use until you have talked to your healthcare provider.
  • If you are using a CPAP or BiPAP that has been affected by the recall, talk to your health care provider to decide on a suitable treatment for your condition, which may include:
    • Stopping use of your device
    • Using another similar device that is not part of the recall
    • Continuing to use your affected device, if your health care provider determines that the benefits outweigh the risks identified in the recall notification.
    • Using alternative treatments for sleep apnea, such as positional therapy or oral appliances, which fit like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer.
    • Initiating long term therapies for sleep apnea, such as losing weight, avoiding alcohol, stopping smoking, or, for moderate to severe sleep apnea, considering surgical options.
  • If your CPAP, BiPAP or ventilator has been recalled, please call the Jefferson Health toll-free number (833) 309-5333 and your information will be forwarded to your provider who will contact you.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions.
  • Our providers are addressing each call in the order received, but due to the large number of calls it may take some time for you to be contacted. Please be patient.

Jefferson Health is committed to ensuring a safe, high quality care experience for our patients. The care and confidence of our patients are top priorities for everyone at Jefferson Health.