Some flow generators used in the treatment of sleep apnea have been recalled. ResMed is voluntarily recalling S8 flow generators made between July 2004 and May 15, 2006 because the power supply connector may short circuit. This creates a potential for machine failure, sparks and fire.
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.
The recalled flow generators have been distributed around the world. Those that believe they have a recalled device may visit http://www.resmed.com/s8program or call 888-899-8991for more information.