BiPAP stands for Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure. This method of treatment was created in the 1990s.
With the development of BiPAP, air delivered through a mask can be set at one pressure for inhaling and another for exhaling. This makes BiPAP much easier for users to adapt to and also allows neuromuscular disease sufferers to use the device. Because of these dual settings, BiPAP allows people to get more air in and out of the lungs without the natural muscular effort needed to do so.
A BIPAP machine is used when a patient can not breathe completely on their own and needs help getting oxygen into the blood.
BiPAP is especially useful for patients with congestive heart failure and lung disorders. In addition, patients for whom intubation is not possible can benefit from the breathing assistance from BiPAP.