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 Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Breathing difficulty 187 61
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 186 49
Fatigue 71 18
General health 34 12
Sleep Apnea 22 9
Sleep Apnea Disorder 16 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 5
Moderate 26
Mild 48
None 96

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

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 17
Dry throat 9
sore nose where the mask rests 7
Dry mouth at night 5
Abdominal bloating 3
Difficulty sleeping through night 3

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Dosages

Based on patients currently using Non-invasive Ventilator

Dosage Patients
8 hr daily 19
6 hr daily 9
10 hr daily 6
5 hr daily 5
7 hr daily 4
daily 4
4 hr daily 3
12 hr daily 3
2 hr daily 2
3 hr daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Non-invasive Ventilator

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Reason Patients
Other 50
Course of treatment ended 12
Did not seem to work 11
Doctor's advice 11
Side effects too severe 4
Change in health plan coverage 2
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Duration

Currently using Non-invasive Ventilator

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 17
5 - 10 years 17
10 years or more 10

Stopped using Non-invasive Ventilator

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 7
1 - 6 months 23
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 26
2 - 5 years 17
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 116
Usually 33
Sometimes 22
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 23
Somewhat hard to take 48
A little hard to take 55
Not at all hard to take 49
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 7
$100-199 7
$50-99 12
$25-49 4
< $25 56
Not specified 89
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39 patient evaluations for Non-invasive Ventilator

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Zippo
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Zippo
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
ALS

See Zippo's full Non-invasive Ventilator history

Mar 20, 2017 (Started Sep 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Sleep Apnea Disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Difficulty sleeping through night, Dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 5 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: I've had a hard time getting used to this machine. I wake up more often than before starting the bi-pap. The recommended settings were too much for me to get use to. Lowering them makes it easier for me, but I am having too many apnea episodes, avg 20+/hr down from 48.8/hr. I've yet to see the benefit from this treatment.

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

See KipWong's full Non-invasive Ventilator history

Feb 28, 2017 (Started Mar 11, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Breathing difficulty)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 20 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: I have a bi-pap in my office and my bedroom. Also a portable battery powered one. I have elected not to have a tracheotomy, so as my breathing becomes more difficult I am using a bi-pap more. Currently about 20 hours a day.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 28, 2017 (Started Mar 11, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Breathing difficulty)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: Using it almost continuously, can only take it off for bath and moving from one room to another.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 10, 2016 (Started Mar 11, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Breathing difficulty)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: I have a bi-pap in my office and my bedroom. Also a portable battery powered one. I have elected not to have a tracheotomy, so as my breathing becomes more difficult I am using a bi-pap more. Currently about 20 hours a day.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Tommy Maker
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Tommy Maker
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 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 or minimal activity (ie standing))
  • 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 or minimal activity (ie standing))
  • 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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