Philips ventilators facing latest in string of recalls

Many Nashville residents have come to depend on various medical devices; in fact, these products have become so ubiquitous that some people probably forget they are using them. Because these products are so widely prevalent, and because people's health can sometimes depend on them, it is important that consumers remain vigilant about any recalls that are issued for a defective medical product.

Over the past few years, Philips ventilators have required several recalls. One occurred in 2012 and involved the company's Trilogy line, and two more were issued over the past few months for its V60 ventilators. Currently Philips is facing another recall for various ventilator models, again from its Trilogy line of products. These defects were discovered by the company itself when it conducted its own tests. Reports do not indicate why the other recalls occurred, or whether any injuries resulted from the use of those products.

 At issue in the present recall is a potential defect that could result in devices’ inability to deliver mechanical breaths, which could prove fatal for some users. The recall is voluntary, and there have not yet been any injuries associated with the potentially defective units. The company is providing replacements for affected products if consumers send the devices back to Philips. The recall affects approximately 600 ventilators.

Defective medical devices can be particularly dangerous because they can result in a serious injury or worsened medical condition for a patient. Those who have been injured as the result of a malfunctioning medical device may wish to pursue legal action in order to manage any medical expenses that stemmed from their injuries. For those considering such action, it may be beneficial to speak with a lawyer.

 

Source: Pittsburgh Business Times, “Philips Respironics issues ventilator recall for 600 units,” Justine Coyne, Feb. 19, 2014

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