BIPAP machine onboard

Some medical conditions can pose challenges to breathing. In such cases, BiPap, short for bilevel positive airway pressure, can be beneficial. BiPap, also known as BPap, functions as a type of ventilator—a device that aids in breathing. Normally, breathing involves the expansion of the lungs as the diaphragm, the primary breathing muscle in the chest, moves downward, lowering pressure inside the lung sacs and tubes. This drop in pressure draws air into the lungs, allowing them to fill with oxygenated air. However, if breathing difficulties arise, a BiPap machine can assist by delivering pressurized air into the airways. Connected to a mask or nasal plugs worn by the individual, the machine provides positive pressure ventilation, helping to open the lungs with the applied air pressure.
BiPap is just one variant of positive pressure ventilators. While using BiPap, individuals receive positive air pressure during both inhalation and exhalation, with higher pressure during inhalation—a setting distinct from other ventilator types. For example, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) administers equal pressure during both inhalation and exhalation. The choice between BiPap and CPAP depends on the specific medical condition being treated, as different conditions may respond more favorably to one over the other.