Could Vapotherm products have similar issues as described in Philips’ June 2021 recalls for risks related to sound abatement foam or the use of the High Flow Therapy mode on the V60/V60 Plus ventilators?
No, Vapotherm products are not subject to the same issues as described in Philips’ June 2021 recalls.
Can Vapotherm devices still be used?
Yes. Vapotherm’s total focus is our customers and patients. Vapotherm has not observed any issues that Philips is reporting with its devices. The Precision Flow® does not contain any foam, and the foam in the Q50 compressor is not the polyester-polyurethane foam like the Philips devices and was selected for its performance in high humidity and temperature environments. Our Precision Flow products have integrated patient safety alarms and therapy disruption detection that are designed to be always enabled. Precision Flow also has Nurse Call Integration available which communicates these alarms when connected.
I use a Philips device that has been recalled. Can I get a Vapotherm device?
Please contact your equipment provider or Vapotherm to discuss therapy options.
Does Vapotherm have sound abatement foam in its devices?
Vapotherm’s Precision Flow devices do not contain foam. Vapotherm’s Q50 compressor, an optional accessory for Precision Flow, does have sound abatement foam, but it is not a polyester-polyurethane foam like the Philips devices and was selected for its performance in high humidity and temperature environments.
What are Vapotherm’s recommendations for cleaning and disinfecting Vapotherm devices?
The entire disposable patient circuit is disposable and no disinfection is required. The main unit, including the docking station for the disposable water path should be wiped down with Sani-ClothÆ or other approved cleaning solutions, which can be found in the Instructions for Use manual. For the Q50 compressor, wipe the exterior according to hospital disinfection policies and clean the air intake filter weekly and reservoir bottle between patient per the Instructions for Use. No other cleaning of the Q50 is required.