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BiPAP stands for bilevel positive airway pressure, If you have trouble breathing, a BiPap machine can help push air into your lungs. You wear a mask or nasal plugs that are connected to the ventilator. The machine supplies pressurized air into your airways. It is called “positive pressure ventilation” because the device helps open your lungs with this air pressure.
BiPAP may help you if you have a medical problem that impairs your breathing. For example, you might need BiPap if you have any of the following:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Obesity hypoventilation syndrome
- Asthma flare-up
- Poor breathing after an operation
- Neurological disease that disturbs breathing
BiPap is usually very safe. It has a lower risk of complications, such as infection, compared with ventilator support like a tracheostomy.
The BiPAP machine pressurizes the air to a higher level than the air in the room, and so it helps a person to take in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. This helps them to breathe more easily, either while sleeping or when experiencing a flare-up of symptoms.