Recall Of Medical Device For Treatment Of Temporary Stoppage Of Breathing During Sleep

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Sleeping Device Recall

The Department of Health alerted the public, in particular, the medical community in Hong Kong, about a worldwide voluntary recall of a number of CPAP machines (flow generators), a medical device for treating obstructive sleep apnea (temporary stoppage of breathing during sleep), due to a potential danger of short circuit in the power supply connector which may result in device failure or fire.

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The recall, announced by its manufacturer, ResMed, involves about 300 000 generators called S8 Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Unit. About 360 of them were sold in Hong Kong.

A DH spokesman said the department has alerted the Hospital Authority, the private hospitals, the nursing homes, and medical professional institutions of the recall today.

He said that affected users using CPAP units with supplemental oxygen should immediately stop using the device and contact ResMed Hong Kong Ltd. for a replacement of the affected parts. Other affected users should follow the manufacturer

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