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Do BiPAP machines work for COPD?
Medically reviewed by Alana Biggers, M.D., MPH — Written by David Railton on April 27, 2018
What is BiPAP?
CPAP vs. BiPAP
BiPAP is a small, easily operated machine that helps a person with COPD to breathe. When using a BiPAP machine, a person takes in pressurized air through a mask to regulate their breathing pattern while they are asleep or when their symptoms flare.
COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. The condition makes it more difficult for a person to take air into their lungs. Their lungs are often less elastic, and so they may find it much harder to breathe deeply, and their lungs can fill with mucus.