Invasive Ventilation

Intubated patient receives optimal humidity

Humidification for Invasive Ventilation

The delivery of Optimal Humidity for an intubated patient is crucial.

It helps to restore the mucociliary clearance that is compromised by an endotracheal or tracheostomy tube. These interventions not only bypass the body’s natural humidification process but also inhibit mechanical clearance (cough, gag, sneeze and particle filtration).

Benefits of Invasive Ventilation with Heated Humidification

Airway Defense
Increased airway defense, reducing risk of respiratory infection
Increased patency of endotracheal tubes via decreased secretion build-up
Reduction in incidence of small airway blockage
Ability to deliver lower tidal volumes(e.g. ARDS)
Reduced respiratory effort
More effective weaning

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Optimal Humidity Optimizes Airway Defense and Ventilation

Optimal Humidity Optimizes Airway Defense and Ventilation

Gases conditioned to body temperature, 37 °C, and fully saturated with 44mg/L of water vapor, will optimize mucociliary clearance. As a result, the patient’s airway defense and ventilation will emulate the natural physiological function of the airway.

At Optimal Humidity, depletion of moisture in the mucociliary transport system is prevented. Mucus clearance is maintained. If the airway mucosa is exposed to humidity levels below Optimal Humidity, dysfunction will occur.

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