As you may be aware, on June 14, 2021, Philips Respironics issued a Field Safety Notice regarding the recall of several of its Positive Pressure (CPAP) and Ventilator devices currently on the market due to the health risks associated with their use. Full details of the recall and health implications are available on the Philips Respironics website: www.philips.ca/healthcare.
We have been contacting our clients affected by this recall and have a small sense of the anxiety our clients are feeling. We understand that this recall coupled with the worldwide shortage of alternative CPAP machines have placed many patients and clients with few options. Many have told us that ensuring the continuity of treatment is crucial to their health and wellbeing. In contrast to Philip Respironics’ instructions to discontinue use of the affected devices, we recommend our patients do not discontinue their treatment without seeking advice from their physician first.
Most of the relevant medical associations for respiratory diseases, along with health authorities around the world recommend continuing treatment, regardless of the type of device and first consulting your physician. Specifically, The Canadian Sleep Society states: “we would advise contacting their physician in a timely fashion to decide on the best course of action and continuing using their device in the meantime.” https://css-scs.ca/position-statement-from-the-canadian-thoracic-society-canadian-sleep-society-and-the-canadian-society-of-respiratory-therapists-philips-respironics-device-recall/
Kingston Oxygen regrets the hardship all our clients and patients find themselves facing. We are monitoring the daily and will share any useful information as it becomes available.
Rest assured, we have registered each unit affected by this recall with Philips Respironics, on behalf of our patients and clients. Phillips Respironics has been provided the serial numbers of all affected devices sold by Kingston Oxygen and will hopefully be contacting you directly with a plan to repair or replace each unit. Unfortunately, at this time, no timeline has been offered by Phillips Respironics for their repair/replacement program.