BiPAP or Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure- is quite similar in function to a CPAP machine. BiPAP therapy is a non-invasive type of therapy recommended for patients struggling with Sleep Apnea and other breathing related disorders. When using a CPAP, some patients find it extremely difficult to exhale against the high-pressure flow. Since a CPAP delivers a fixed pressure at both inhalation and exhalation, patients requiring higher pressures will struggle when exhaling against that high pressure. The BiPAP has two different pressure settings- the high required pressured for therapy during inhalation, and a lower pressure setting when exhaling. Therefore, patients can exhale against a gentle pressure upon each exhalation. Let’s check out some of the most popular BiLevel devices available on the market.
When it comes to premium grade breathing devices, ResMed is certainly a trustworthy leader in the field. The ResMed AirCurve 10 comes with an integrated Bluetooth function so that patients can easily connect to the ResMed patient monitoring platform (AirView). With the help of this software, doctors can easily analyze the therapeutic data of the patient and make necessary adjustments for optimum therapy at all times. VSync is also a highly functional leak management system.
AirCurve 10 comes with an integrated humidifier, which also has an automatic climate control option. The humidifier will deliver optimum temperature and moisture air so that patients can enjoy maximum comfort during each therapeutic session. Thanks to its intuitive design, the humidifier can be easily removed and cleaned whenever needed. The hose comes with a rotating elbow design so that patients can enjoy more freedom of movement during sleep without feeling pressure upon the mask.
DreamStaton BiPAP Auto is a sleek and stylish machine that comes with auto adjusting pressure feature. Advanced data tracking, a user-friendly menu, colorful display or the optional heated humidifier are only a few of the function and design details that make DreamStation an outstanding BiLevel machine.
DreamStation will deliver a higher pressure upon inhalation (the prescribed pressure), and a lower much more gentle pressure upon the exhalation phase. The device follows the natural breathing pattern of the patient, and keeping a lower pressure up until an event is recorded. Whenever the machine “senses” an event (apnea for example), it will automatically increase the pressure and then return back to a lower pressure when the event is over.
DreamStation BiPAP also has BiFlex pressure relief technology integrated. Bi-Flex will help to ease the transition between inhalation and exhalation. BiFlex will adjust automatically in order to meet the adjusted pressure as the machine changes pressure settings throughout therapy.
The BiPAP Auto SV by Philips Respironics is a medical grade device specifically created to help in the treatment of patients with severe/complex sleep disorders. The device is clinically proven as being highly efficient in the treatment of OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea), CSA (Central Sleep Apnea) but also complex apneas and hypopneas. In some cases, this device is even recommended for patients with Cheyne-Stokes breathing disorder.
The device uses a multilevel algorithm in order to deliver effective treatment to patients with complex apnea. Auto-Trak Sensitivity helps to change pressure support, while the integrated algorithm is also capable of calculating the spontaneous breathing rate data and then trigger a breath on an automatic basis in case the patient is struggling with an apneic event. Thanks to this advanced algorithm, the device can help to rebalance the entire respiration process and then return to the minimum required pressures after the ventilation has concluded.
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