What is Non-invasive Ventilator?

Category: Equipment

Most popular types: BiPAP w/humidifier BiPAP BiPAP w/humidifier and oxygen concentrator Show all

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NIPPV, also known as Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (Bi-Pap) is an electronic breathing device used in the treatment of sleep apnoea, lung disease, and to treat respiratory weakness in ALS. Use of the device overnight improves quality of sleep, daytime sleepiness, and may improve thinking ability.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Breathing difficulty 182 54
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 179 45
Fatigue 70 18
General health 34 12
Sleep Apnea 23 9
Sleep Apnea Disorder 15 7

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 4
Moderate 23
Mild 41
None 87

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Non-invasive Ventilator

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 14
Dry throat 9
sore nose where the mask rests 7
Dry mouth at night 4
Gas 3
Headaches 3

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Dosages

Based on patients currently using Non-invasive Ventilator

Dosage Patients
8 hr daily 15
6 hr daily 10
10 hr daily 9
12 hr daily 5
7 hr daily 4
24 hr daily 4
daily 4
4 hr daily 3
5 hr daily 3
2 hr daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Non-invasive Ventilator

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Reason Patients
Other 48
Course of treatment ended 12
Doctor's advice 11
Did not seem to work 10
Side effects too severe 4
Change in health plan coverage 2
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Duration

Currently using Non-invasive Ventilator

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 21
5 - 10 years 22
10 years or more 10

Stopped using Non-invasive Ventilator

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 7
1 - 6 months 22
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 26
2 - 5 years 16
5 - 10 years 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 100
Usually 29
Sometimes 22
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 22
Somewhat hard to take 43
A little hard to take 48
Not at all hard to take 42
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 6
$100-199 7
$50-99 11
$25-49 4
< $25 44
Not specified 83
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37 patient evaluations for Non-invasive Ventilator

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Tommy Maker
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Tommy Maker
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: severe
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I am: g
I have:
ALS

See Tommy Maker's full Non-invasive Ventilator history

Aug 31, 2016 (Started Jan 02, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Shortness of breath with little activity (ie standing, minimal work))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Difficult to move or walk)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 10 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: Of I'm going out I try to stay on the bipap as long as possible on previous days to store up energy.  Free on NHS 
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 27, 2016 (Started Jan 02, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Shortness of breath with little activity (ie standing, minimal work))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Difficult to move or walk)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 10 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: I now use for 20 hours.mits certainly rough but it is worth the effort in terms of energy
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 22, 2013 (Started Jan 02, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: I'm new to this device. I've had it for a year but I've only just started to use it on a regular basis. I try to put 3 to 4 hours into each day. I do this because at times I feel a slight breathlessness and also because my voice appears weak. It also appears to raise my energy levels.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Navy Nurse
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Navy Nurse
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: severe
Chest: none
Legs: moderate
I have:
ALS

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Aug 30, 2016 (Started May 25, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 3 hr Daily

Nov 17, 2010 (Started May 25, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 3 hr Daily

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jockamo
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jockamo
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: moderate
Chest: moderate
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
ALS

See jockamo's full Non-invasive Ventilator history

Jul 19, 2015 (Started Jul 22, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Breathing difficulty)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: listen to your doctor and use the bpap asap

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