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
Patients with evaluations
Perceived effectiveness
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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 2
Moderate 19
Mild 28
None 62

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 17
6 hr daily 10
10 hr daily 9
7 hr daily 5
12 hr daily 5
4 hr daily 3
5 hr daily 3
24 hr daily 3
daily 3
1 other daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Non-invasive Ventilator

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 47
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
1-3 months 1
3-6 months 3
6 months-1 year 7
1-2 years 8
2 years or more 48
1

Stopped using Non-invasive Ventilator

Duration Patients
0-1 month 7
1-3 months 11
3-6 months 11
6 months-1 year 16
1-2 years 26
2 years or more 18

Adherence


Always
Patients
73
66%
Usually
Patients
19
17%
Sometimes
Patients
17
15%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
2
2%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
17
15%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
32
29%
A little hard to take
Patients
36
32%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
26
23%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
3
3%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
5
5%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
8
7%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
4
4%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
29
26%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
62
56%
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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: 2 stars
Bulbar: mild
Arms: severe
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I am: vg
I have:
ALS

See Tommy Maker's full Non-invasive Ventilator history

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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

  • 0 helpful marks
wrgguts
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wrgguts
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: severe
Legs: severe
I am: vg
I have:
ALS

See wrgguts's full Non-invasive Ventilator history

Jul 18, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Decreased diaphragm strength)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • side effects
    Mild (Granulation tissue both peg and trach site)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 23 hr Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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