Thousands of ventilators removed in UK over electrical faults


Hospitals in the United Kingdom have been ordered to source replacement ventilators after an American Medical supply company, Philips Respironics said its breathing support devices could suddenly stop working, in some cases without activating a warning alarm.

In a statement by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the problem related to “a number of electrical faults in the devices, which can result in an unexpected shutdown, leading to loss of ventilation”.

The MHRA added that the root cause of the problem was not yet known and remained under investigation, but that Philips Respironics currently had “no permanent solution” to correct it.

Philips Respironics is one of several manufacturers that increased production of ventilators during the pandemic. The MHRA brought in a fast approval process for ventilators and other medical devices in response to Covid-19.

The affected machines include invasive and non-invasive ventilators used to support patients in critical care and high-dependency units.

In June 2021, a separate alert was issued due to the degradation of foam used in some ventilators and sleep apnoea machines, which could lead to users inhaling cancer-causing chemicals.



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