AeroCare’s Purpose/Philosophy Statement
CPAP and BiPAP machines are available for patients with obstructive sleep apnea. These products are prescribed by physicians for patients who have been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). After having a sleep study, patients with sleep disorders often have these products prescribed to help prevent sleep apnea due to an obstruction. The pressure for these machines, and whether the patient needs a CPAP or a BiPAP machine is determined from a sleep study.
Sleep studies are usually done in a sleep laboratory and have technicians that monitor the patients stage of sleep, vital signs, and apneas as the study progresses. If appropriate, the technician will apply a CPAP or BiPAP machine to prevent apneas (and/or snoring) if they occur. The technician will increase or decrease the pressure of the machine to achieve optimum benefit for the patient to prevent snoring and/or apneas.
What is a CPAP?
Continuous Positive Air Pressure machines are designed to help patients who have been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea(OSA). CPAP machines provide a positive air flow to the patient through a mask to keep the airway open so that the patient does not snore or stop breathing. The positive air pressure keeps the obstruction out of the way and therefore the airway open.
The pressure of a CPAP machine is prescribed by a physician based on the results of a sleep study. The measurements and recordings from a sleep study are used to determine the optimal pressure to prevent snoring and apneas. The pressure should not be adjusted unless ordered by a physician.
What is a BiPAP machine?
Both a BiPAP machine and a CPAP machine are ordered for patients diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea(OSA).The difference between a CPAP versus a BiPAP is that the CPAP machine provides one constant pressure to keep the airway open. The BiPAP machine has two levels of pressure. One pressure setting is for when the patient inhales and one pressure for the patient when they exhale.
The different pressure settings assist patients that have trouble exhaling against the pressure of the setting for inhaling and when the patient exhales the pressure decreases so that the patient can exhale against a lesser pressure. This maintains patient comfort and provides an open airway.
The mask and accessories for the BiPAP are the same as for the CPAP.