Positive airway pressure I: Equipment

Peter C. Gay, Lisa F Wolfe, Justin A. Fiala, Shahrokh Javaheri

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Noninvasive positive airway pressure (PAP) serves as a cornerstone of therapy for patients with obesity hypoventilation syndrome (OHS). This chapter reviews the mechanical devices and associated durable medical equipment used to provide PAP therapy. The most commonly encountered modes of ventilation are also reviewed with specific attention paid to their role in treating the various pathologic processes at play in OHS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationObesity Hypoventilation Syndrome
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Physiologic Principles to Clinical Practice
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780128152904
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • Bilevel positive airway pressure
  • Continuous positive airway pressure
  • CPAP
  • NIV
  • Noninvasive ventilation
  • Obesity hypoventilation syndrome
  • OHS
  • VAPS
  • Volume-assured pressure support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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