Philips recalls some previously replaced ventilators – FDA statement

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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Philips, which is grappling with a major ventilator recall, is recalling some machines it previously replaced, according to a statement from the FDA.

A Philips spokesperson said Monday that only Trilogy 100/200 fan models may have been affected.

The FDA said the company had made it known that the sound-deadening foam in some refurbished models could come off, “lowering inspiratory pressure.”

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In addition, traces of particulate matter were found in the air ducts of some reworked fans.

Philips has replaced more than 4 million ventilators and sleep apnea devices in the past 18 months over fears that foam used in the machines could become toxic.

The spokesperson said Trilogy 100/200 ventilators accounted for about 3% of the recall and no sleep apnea machines were affected.

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(Reporting by Toby Sterling; editing by Louise Heavens and Jason Neely)

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