Respiratory failure

Respiratory failure is the inability of the respiratory system to supply sufficient oxygen (gas exchange disturbance) and / or to effectively remove carbon dioxide (ventilation disturbance), resulting in low oxygen saturation and / or high carbon dioxide level in blood, the patient may be obstructive or restrictive.

Symptoms of respiratory failure

Respiratory failure is accompanied by a number of symptoms including:

# Rapid breathing or shortness of breath
#Confusion or change in level of consciousness
#Irregular heart rate


The Ventilation machine may be (Bi-Level machine (BiPAP) or portable ventilator) provides gentle air pressure to mechanically assist or replace spontaneous breathing.

There are two main types of ventilation therapy:

  1. Non-Invasive, where air is delivered via a mask.
  2. Invasive, which requires a tracheostomy and air is delivered via expiratory valve.

Ask your doctor

You should ask your doctor before using Bi-Level machine (BiPAP)