What is Philips Respironics?
Philips’ subsidiary, Philips Respironics, is a global leader in sleep and respiratory care. Founded in 1976 and originally named Respironics, Inc., the company was acquired by Philips in 2008, and in 2020, its legal name changed to Philips RS North America LLC. For over 40 years, Respironics has been supporting the community of patients who rely on its sleep and respiratory care solutions for their health and quality of life.
What is a sleep therapy device, and why do people need them?
A sleep therapy device, also known as a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) or Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) device, is designed to deliver air pressure when you breathe in and out. Although the functionality of CPAP and BiPAP devices differ, they are both used to treat sleep-related breathing disorders, including sleep apnea which is estimated to affect close to one billion people globally.
What is a ventilator device, and why do people need them?
The Philips Respironics respiratory portfolio also includes ventilator devices, which are used across both hospital and home care settings. These ventilators provide assisted ventilation and are intended to support the breathing of patients who suffer from conditions that make it hard for them to breathe.
Why did Philips Respironics issue a voluntary recall notification in the US and field safety notice in other countries?
In June 2021, Philips initiated a voluntary recall notification / field safety notice for certain CPAP and BiPAP sleep therapy devices and mechanical ventilators to address potential health risks related to the polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam in these devices. You can find the full list of affected devices here and the full notification is available to read here.