Hello everyone!

It was announced recently that Phillips has recalled a lot of their sleep apnea machines. Apparently the abatement foam is causing some kind of cancer. I contacted the VA today to see what I should do and I was told to stop using it immediately until they come up with a solution. I'm sure they have some kind of contract with Phillips so the turn around time could take quite a while. I am concerned because I have severe sleep apnea and it's probably the reason I got a PM in the first place. I was told I have an average of 111 episodes per hour and the maximum was 124. Off the charts as you can see! Sigh......

Anyhow here is the link in case anyone is interested. I would follow up with your Primary Care doc to see what you should do. Good luck to us all!


Sleep Apnea

by Pharnowa - 2021-06-16 16:56:45

I don't know much about this but it sounds as if you must have the machine. It's my understanding you can rent them and the ad I looked at said you can cancel anytime. This would be an out of pocket expense, but it sounds necessary.

I would research something like this and contact your doctor for the prescription. It doesn't sound like you can afford to be without this for even one night.

Best wishes!

Ditto Pharnowa

by Gemita - 2021-06-16 17:56:20

Hello Alejandro,

I agree completely with Pharnowa.  You definitely need your machine and I hope you can get a replacement immediately.  I don't know how things work over there but when treatment is essential to keep you safe, it should be possible to arrange immediate cover.  Presumably you are under a sleep clinic/sleep consultant who should be able to help?

Thank you for posting.  Please stay safe

Thank you!

by arentas80 - 2021-06-16 18:21:53

The VA is in a contract with Phillips who makes the CPAP machines. Until Phillips comes up with a fix the VA has no alternative. I contacted my PCP and have an emergency referral to both a Pulmonologist & Sleep Doc. I plan to see what they can offer me and get a replacement ASAP! For anyone else who might be dealing with same just push and don't take no for an answer. Patients aren't supposed to be left in the dark or on their own. May God watch over us all and keep us safe! 

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