Res Med Recalls CPAP Machines

Patient Expert

Res Med, one of the world's largest suppliers of CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure} machines, used in the treatment of sleep apnea, today announced a worldwide voluntary recall of approximately 300,000 of its early production S8 flow generators. The recall was prompted by the remote possibility of a short circuit in the power supply connector.

Res Med states: Patients may continue to use their S8 flow generators until they receive a replacement device. As with any electrical device, patients should make sure that it is placed on a hard clean surface and that the area around the device is clear during use. Patients should discontinue use of the device if there are any signs of electrical failure such as intermittent power, cracking sounds, sparking or charred smell. Patients should not use supplemental oxygen with an affected device; patients using supplemental oxygen should immediately contact their home healthcare provider for a replacement.

In only seven cases, less than 2/10th of 1% of the machines in operation, has this power component caused a problem. However, because of the potential fire hazard, all machines are being recalled. Serial numbers of machines to be recalled are printed on the base of the machines. Serial numbers include the following:

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To

20040285613

20060269563

20060275728

20060276751

20060277160

20060277415

20060281672

20060281991

20060283424

20060283743

20060284896

20060285445

20060287568

20060290823

20060292360

20060294694

20060312361

20060312597

20060318692

20060319459

20060325074

20060327794

20060330588

20060331043