What to Expect
If your condition warrants this treatment, you will be given an appointment for the delivery of specific equipment based on your situation by trained medical personnel. When they arrive at your location, they will be wearing appropriate personal protection equipment and will ask to verify your condition. After your assessment, the appropriate equipment will be setup which may include an oxygen concentrator combined with a CPAP+BiLevel machine to help with your breathing. They will set this up in an appropriate location in your home, and demonstrate to you and your caregiver how to operate the device. If you have access to the internet with Wi-Fi at your location, you will also receive a special patch that you will need to wear on your body that connects you directly to our command center and provides continuous 24/7 monitoring of your vital statistics, including your oxygen saturation levels. Any deterioration in your condition will automatically set off alerts in the command center with the appropriate actions taken. If you only have a phone/land-line, you and your caregiver will be required to record your stats manually and phone these into the center on a regular schedule. You will receive a detailed pamphlet that explains everything and warns you of the various signs to look for with your condition and includes emergency instructions, including when to contact 911.
What is a CPAP+BiLevel Machine?
CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, and is a mode of respiratory ventilation often associated with sleep apnea treatment. The CPAP+BiLevel configuration improves upon this technology by featuring a flow generator that delivers two distinct pressures, one for inhalation and one for exhalation. These dual settings allow patients to get more air in and out of their lungs. A separate device called an Oxygen Concentrator may also be provided to enhance this machine's capabilities by providing pure oxygen rather than normal room air.