Discover your options when it comes to Ventilator, CPAP, and BiPAP machines

Why Do I Need A Ventilator Instead Of A BiPAP Or CPAP?

CPAP, BiPAP, and ventilator machines, oh my! You may need a moment to catch your breath after hearing all of these different respiratory related terms, but luckily that’s what these machines will help you do.

The device prescribed depends on what type of respiratory disorder you have and how long you need therapy during the day or while resting. This can lead to all sorts of questions like why would you need a ventilator instead of a CPAP and how is a BiPAP any different? Well hold on to Toto, because we’re about to explain it all!

CPAP (Continuous Airway Pressure) Machines 

Do you need a ventilator, CPAP, or BiPAP? CPAPs are the most effective sleep apnea treatment. They work as a non-invasive form of therapy by providing a continuous stream of pressurized air while you sleep to keep your airways free of obstruction and to prevent apneas.

The level of pressure delivered by your CPAP machine remains consistent during the night but may allow users to adjust the pressure to be stronger or weaker as needed. Starting off with a lower pressure setting helps patients get used to the device while gradually adjusting to the pressure level prescribed by their doctor.

BiPAP (Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure) Machines

BiPAPs are similar to CPAPs and maintain the goal of helping those with sleep apnea receive the oxygen they need during the night. However, BiPAPs deliver two different pressure settings for patients who have trouble exhaling with a CPAP.

They have a pressure prescribed for inhalation (ipap) and exhalation (epap) to allow patients to get more air in and out of their BiPAPs are generally prescribed when CPAPs have failed as a treatment option or when patients have low oxygen levels.

BiPAPs are effective at treating more than just sleep apnea and are often prescribed for disorders such as ALS, Parkinson’s, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and more.

Ventilator Machines

Ventilators are used to help patients breathe when it’s difficult for them to do so on their own due to a medical disorder such as pneumonia, COPD or other lung diseases, spinal cord injuries, muscle and nerve disorders, and more.

You need a ventilator for 24/7 treatment. BiPAP and CPAP machines are used during sleep. CPAPs and BiPAP devices are generally for overnight or partial use during the day while ventilators are needed for 24/7 support. Many ventilators offer BiPAP settings as well as volume settings.

There is a common misconception that ventilators are large pieces of equipment for bed-bound patients. However, there are options like the Trilogy Ventilator, that are noninvasive and mobile. By only weighing 11 pounds with a compact design patients are still able to maintain their freedom.

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Read more:
How To Tell If You Need BiPAP or ASV

You May Qualify For Your Device Through Insurance

Depending on what you need from a CPAP to BiPAP, you may qualify to receive it through your insurance coverage, including Medicare. Simply fill out our insurance qualification form to see if you’re covered.

A ventilator requires a clinician to help set it up for you. Call the Pulmonary division at (866) 650-7508to schedule one.

You can also contact Aeroflow Healthcare to speak with one of our Aeroflow Respiratory Specialists. They will be more than happy to answer all of your questions and walk you through the entire process.

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