Helping Patients with Recalled Philips CPAP Devices Used in Home

A lab webcast

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Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is a commonly utilized treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, with more than 8 million CPAP users in the United States alone. In June 2021, Philips Respironics announced a recall that affected millions of patients who utilize CPAP devices.

Patients using Philips Respironics devices may be chronically exposed to fragments of foam and volatile gaseous compounds. To date, Philips Respironics is yet to provide a full solution to the problem. In the meantime, patients are seeking solutions from many, sometime questionable, sources.

Learning objectives:

During this session, we'll discuss:

  • How widespread the issue is
  • Cause(s) of the problem
  • Identifying ill-advice such as not using filters - UV, ozone
  • Recommendations for helping patients
  • DME—insurance will cover replacement after 5 years

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Agenda & Speakers

Jason Launders

Director of Operations, Device Evaluation, ECRI
Jason Launders has served ECRI since 1998, and is currently the Director of Operations for the Device Evaluation group. Jason’s primary responsibility is managing ECRI’s laboratory-based evaluations of medical technologies. Jason holds an MSc in Medical Physics, and spent his earlier time at ECRI evaluating a wide range of diagnostic imaging technology, such as: CT, MRI, PACS, and Digital Radiography. Today, he is responsible for developing the content of evaluations to ensure they meet the needs of our members.

Ismael Cordero

Senior Project Engineer, Device Evaluations, ECRI
Ismael's focus is the evaluation of medical devices used for intensive care and respiratory therapy. Before joining ECRI, Ismael worked in more than 50 countries where he led many training and consultative activities for biomedical engineers and technicians, clinical personnel, and hospital administrators. These activities included collaborations with the American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Cordero was the recipient of the 2008 ACCE Professional Achievement in Management Award and the recipient of the 2014 AAMI Foundation & ACCE’s Robert L. Morris Humanitarian Award.

Brad Bonnette

Senior Project Officer, Clinical Excellence, ECRI
Brad Bonnette is a Senior Project Officer and has been at ECRI in the Device Evaluation group since 2006. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering. Previously, he worked in industry developing sleep apnea masks. He has tested infusion pumps and ventilators for many years, and currently focuses on 1) anesthesia and related technologies, 2) home care devices including wearables, and 3) sleep medicine.

Larry J. Hopper

System Director for Respiratory Therapy, Baptist Memorial Hospital Care
Director of Respiratory Therapy, BMH Memphis

Larry Hopper has been a licensed Registered Respiratory Therapist for over 32 years, with 38 years of healthcare experience overall. He has experience in pulmonary acute care, pulmonary rehabilitation, pediatric acute care, pulmonary assessment/patient education and leadership experience related to quality and enhanced patient care services.