Advice on Dreamstation Recall

For years, our preferred PAP manufacturer has been Phillips Respironics and their Dreamstation machines. Recently there has been a recall of their machines because of concern about degradation of insulating foam in the machine. We are monitoring this situation and have the following observations on the data to date:

The degradation is thought to be an issue only for machines exposed to certain environmental conditions including exposure to ozone cleaners and high heat and humidity. If you are using an ozone cleaner such as So Clean, stop using the cleaner immediately. Clean your machine according to Phillips Respironics recommended instructions which can be found here.

To date, no serious adverse events have been identified in Dreamstation users. There have been reports of headache, upper airway irritation, cough, chest pressure and sinus infection. There are serious consequences to untreated sleep apnea. Given this information, it is probably best to continue your PAP therapy while waiting for your machine to be replaced. I recommend continuing to use your PAP therapy until the machine can be replaced.

Finally be sure to register your machine with Phillips Respironics here so it can be replaced when a new machine is available.

We will continue to monitor the situation.

Services

  • Outpatient pulmonary and sleep consults

  • Chronic disease management

  • Lab based sleep testing

  • Home sleep testing

  • Pulmonary function testing

Home Sleep Testing Program

We pride ourselves on being one of the few sleep centers that will diagnose and treat sleep apnea without requiring a patient to spend a single night in the sleep laboratory. We have been able to accomplish this using home sleep testing and auto-titrating CPAP units. Patient visits - both new and follow up - can be done from the comfort of your home or office. No need to fight traffic and weather or waste time commuting.