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ResMed S8 Flow Generators (Continuous Positive Air Pressure or CPAP): S8 Compact, S8 Escape, S8 Elite, and S8 AutoSet Vantage

Audience: Consumers, respiratory healthcare providers, and risk managers

[Posted 04/24/2007] ResMed and FDA notified consumers and healthcare professionals of a worldwide recall of approximately 300,000 S8 flow generators (Continuous Positive Air Pressure or CPAP) used for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. In Model S8 devices manufactured between July 2004 and May 15, 2006, there is a potential for a short circuit in the power supply connector. ResMed plans to work with its distribution partners globally to provide a replacement device to patients who have an affected S8 flow generator. See recall notice for serial numbers for affected S8 models.

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.

[April 23, 2007 - Press Release - ResMed]