(WLAX/WEUX) – The American Sleep Apnea Association estimates 22- million Americans have the disorder, which can make it hard to breathe at night.
A machine meant to help is under recall.
Around 20 different models of the Phillips Brand Ventilators, CPAP, and BI-PAP machines were recalled by the company in June because a foam in the machine may break down and potentially enter the device’s air pathway.
Kelly Schmidt with the sleep disorders center at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital says the best thing you can do during the recall is talk to your doctor.
Kelly Schmidt, Sleep Disorders Center HSHS Sacred Heart said, “Definitely speak to your physician if you are worried about it. Some physicians may say to continue with it, and some physicians may tell you to try something different. There are other things you can do for sleep apnea but that’s going to be between the patient and their physician.”
If your machine is impacted, one of the first steps is to register it with Philips.