Recalls of Home Medical Devices

Recalls of home medical devices do occur from time to time due to various reasons such as safety concerns, manufacturing defects, or regulatory non-compliance. Some recent examples include:

  1. CPAP Machines: In 2021, certain models of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines and bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) machines manufactured by Philips Respironics were recalled due to potential health risks associated with the degradation of sound abatement foam used in the devices. The foam degradation could release particles and gases that may be inhaled or ingested by the user, posing potential health risks.

  2. Insulin Pumps: Insulin pumps, which are commonly used by individuals with diabetes to administer insulin, have been subject to recalls in the past due to issues such as malfunctioning components, software errors, or the potential for insulin under-delivery or over-delivery.

  3. Blood Glucose Monitors: Blood glucose monitoring systems, used by individuals with diabetes to measure their blood sugar levels, have been recalled in instances where they were found to provide inaccurate readings or malfunction due to software or hardware issues.

  4. Infant Monitors: Some home medical devices, such as baby monitors equipped with vital signs monitoring capabilities, have been recalled due to concerns over inaccurate readings or malfunctioning sensors, which could pose risks to infants' safety.

These examples highlight the importance of monitoring recalls and staying informed about potential safety issues associated with home medical devices. Individuals who use such devices should register their products with the manufacturer to receive recall notifications and follow any instructions provided in the event of a recall. Additionally, healthcare professionals and regulatory agencies play a crucial role in identifying and addressing safety concerns associated with medical devices to protect public health and safety.

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