You have been given an NIV machine to help support your breathing. There are several different makes and models, but they all work in the same way and have similar features.
The NIV machine blows air under slight pressure via a tube to your face mask. The machine has a simple design and there are only a few buttons and attachments that you will need to use. The main settings will have been entered by your care team and then locked. This means you cannot accidentally change them.
Although the machine is often called NIV (Non-Invasive Ventilation) this specific type of NIV is BiPAP (Bi-level Positive Airways Pressure). BiPAP refers to the the way the machine works – ‘bi-level’ means it has two stages (breathing in and breathing out) and ‘positive airways pressure’ means air is delivered under slight pressure. Quite often people will talk about their “BiPAP” machine and they are actually referring to their NIV machine.
Watch our short video about using NIV machines to help get you started and read some top tips from NIV users to get the most from your machine.
Watch this short film on using your machine – it gives you a step-by-step guide to all the
basics about using an NIV machine, so you’ll be up and running and confident in no time.