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Effectiveness of humidification with heat and moisture exchanger-booster in tracheostomized patients

Isabel Gonzalez, Pilar Jimenez, Jorge Valdivia

Keywords : Booster, humidification, mechanical ventilation, self-regulating, tracheotomy

Citation Information : Gonzalez I, Jimenez P, Valdivia J. Effectiveness of humidification with heat and moisture exchanger-booster in tracheostomized patients. Indian J Crit Care Med 2017; 21 (8):528-530.

DOI: 10.4103/ijccm.IJCCM_117_17

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-09-2018

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2017; The Author(s).


Background: The two most commonly used types of humidifiers are heated humidifiers and heat and moisture exchange humidifiers. Heated humidifiers provide adequate temperature and humidity without affecting the respiratory pattern, but overdose can cause high temperatures and humidity resulting in condensation, which increases the risk of bacteria in the circuit. These devices are expensive. Heat and moisture exchanger filter is a new concept of humidification, increasing the moisture content in inspired gases. Aims: This study aims to determine the effectiveness of the heat and moisture exchanger (HME)-Booster system to humidify inspired air in patients under mechanical ventilation. Materials and Methods: We evaluated the humidification provided by 10 HME-Booster for tracheostomized patients under mechanical ventilation using Servo I respirators, belonging to the Maquet company and Evita 4. Results: There was an increase in the inspired air humidity after 1 h with the humidifier. Conclusion: The HME-Booster combines the advantages of heat and moisture exchange minimizing the negatives. It increases the amount of moisture in inspired gas in mechanically ventilated tracheostomized patients. It is easy and safe to use. The type of ventilator used has no influence on the result.

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