BiPAP and CPAP machines recall

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The Attorney General of Guam has ensured Guam residents qualify for the recent Philips CPAP and BiPAP product recall.

PNC’s Althea Engman has more…

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Back in June in 2021, Philips Respironics voluntarily recalled more than 15 million certain ventilators, bi-level positive airway pressure and continuous positive airway pressure, according to the AG.

The foam may degrade and release particles and toxic gasses into the machine’s airways that users may inhale or swallow.

These issues could potentially result in serious injury, which can be life-threatening, cause permanent impairment, and require medical intervention to prevent permanent injury to users.

The health risks include cancer, respiratory inflammation and other toxic effects. Other less serious side effects include headaches, nausea, irritation of the eyes, nose or skin

According to the OAG, AG Camacho contacted Philips in January 2022 for the recall which included all 50 states, the district of columbia, Puerto Rico, but not Guam and the rest of the Mariana Islands.

However, according to a press release, Philips had responded and clarified that the program extends to device users in all U.S. Territories–importantly, Guam–affected devices will be replaced at no cost and the replacement device will be shipped without charge.

Devices that are more than three years old or exposed to high heat or humid environments are more likely to have degraded foam.

To find out if you have a defective product, or to register your device for a replacement, visit usa.philips.com.

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Althea Engman or as she is referred to as Thea joined the PNC team in August of 2021 as their youngest reporter and after a few months she was given the opportunity to be their weather girl. She currently attends the University of Guam while working at Sorenson. Her hobbies include dancing, creating content for social media, as well modeling on the side, she also is a big dog lover. Before working for PNC, she didn’t think about pursuing a career in journalism or a related field but it has helped her figure out a better career path. She covers a wide variety of news beats with a focus on legislation and lifestyle.