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п»їDifferences Between A CPAP And BIPAP Machine

Is A BIPAP Machine Different From A CPAP Machine?

BIPAP which stands for Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure, works in a similar way to CPAP machines (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure). It is a non-invasive form of therapy meant to treat patients who have sleep apnoea. Both of these machines work by delivering pressurized air to a patient's airways through a mask. During sleep apnea, a person's airway collapses, leading to obstructive breathing. The pressurized air helps in preventing the airways from collapsing. These two machines allow a patient to breathe easily and sleep peacefully throughout the night.

Why Is BIPAP Different From CPAP?

The majority of patients suffering from sleep apnea tend to use CPAP as a go-treatment. CPAP machines tend to deliver a continuous and steady flow of pressurized air into a patient's airways. The downside with CPAP machines is that they deliver a single pressure throughout. Some patients have complained about the pressure makes it difficult to sleep at night. This has been addressed by including a ramp feature in some CPAP machines that allows lower pressure of air to be delivered, which gradually increases throughout the night. However, there are some patients that still find trouble with this.

BIPAP machines on the other hand have a timing feature that is able to measure the amount of breaths a patient takes per minute. If the machine detects that the breaths per minute are above the limit, then the machine will force the patient to breathe by increasing the air pressure.

The difference between the two machines is that CPAP has only one pressure setting, while BIPAP has two. The dual settings in the latter allow for more air to get into and out of a patient's lungs.

Will You Benefit From BIPAP therapy?

- This machine is meant for patients who are unsatisfied with their form of treatment using CPAP.

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