What is Non-invasive Ventilator?

Category: Equipment

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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
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 165 29
Breathing difficulty 157 32
Fatigue 62 10
General health 34 5
Sleep Apnea 19 4
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) 11 2

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

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Severe
1
Moderate
15
Mild
22
None
51

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently using Non-invasive Ventilator)
Dosage Patients
daily 54
4 hr daily 28
5 hr daily 13
6 hr daily 33
7 hr daily 33
8 hr daily 141
9 hr daily 19
10 hr daily 42
12 hr daily 21
24 hr daily 19
Why Patients Stopped Using (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Other 45
Course of treatment ended 11
Not indicated 11
Doctor's advice 10
Did not seem to work 9
Side effects too severe 4
Change in health plan coverage 2
See all 81 patients who’ve stopped using Non-invasive Ventilator

Duration

How Long Current Patients Have Been Using Non-invasive Ventilator
Duration Patients
0-1 month 0
1-3 months 1
3-6 months 4
6 months-1 year 9
1-2 years 10
2 years or more 77
How Long Patients Used Before Stopping
Duration Patients
0-1 month 5
1-3 months 10
3-6 months 11
6 months-1 year 14
1-2 years 25
2 years or more 16
Adherence
Always
56 63%
Usually
16 18%
Sometimes
15 17%
Never
2 2%
Burden
Very
13 15%
Somewhat
26 29%
A little
28 31%
Not at all
22 25%
Cost
$200+
1 3%
$100-199
4 11%
$50-99
4 11%
$25-49
3 8%
< $25
26 68%
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34 patient evaluations for Non-invasive Ventilator

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

See Tommy Maker's full Non-invasive Ventilator history

Mar 22, 2013 (Started Jan 02, 2014)

  • Perceived effectiveness for General health: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Not at all
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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jaws-als
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jaws-als
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: severe
Legs: severe
I am: vg
I have:
ALS

See jaws-als's full Non-invasive Ventilator history

Oct 27, 2012 (Started Nov 25, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis): Slight
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 9 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: since my feeding tube implant, I get extreme gas and bloating in my stomach while using the BiPAP. It makes it very difficult to sleep. Additionally, I sometimes wake in the middle of the night with thick mucus. Overall however, I still believe the BiPAP to have somewhat slowed down the progression of the disease.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Dec 4, 2011 (Started Nov 25, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis): Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 3 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: My energy levels are much improved!
Cost: $50-99 monthly

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Rachael
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Rachael
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I am: vb
I have:
ALS

See Rachael's full Non-invasive Ventilator history

Jul 28, 2012 (Started Apr 26, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis): Can’t tell
  • Perceived effectiveness for Fatigue: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 4 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: I used a bipap when I had my Supra Pubic Catheter Insertion done. I found it so beneficial for fatigue symptoms that I petitioned my consultant for a prescription despite good blood gas levels

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