Advanced Issues in Humidification
Ruben Dario Restrepo, MD, RRT, FAARC
Humidification of inspired gases is considered a standard of care for patients receiving mechanical ventilation. However, several challenges exist regarding optimal delivery of appropriate heat and humidification in the ventilated patient. Factors that contribute to these challenges include the type of humidification device used and issues external to the humidifier’s function. Inadequate humidification of medical gases could have very deleterious effects on airway mucosa. In this webinar, Dr. Restrepo will review a number of frequently encountered situations that affect humidification during mechanical ventilation.
At the conclusion of this webinar participants will be able to:
1. Discuss the impact of high and low ambient temperatures on heated humidification
2. Describe the role of inlet chamber gas temperatures on overall delivery of humidity
3. Discuss ventilator settings associated with significant changes in humidification
4. Discuss the relationship between aerosol therapy and heated humidification
Continuing Education for Respiratory Therapists
This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hours Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association of Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 100, Irving, TX 75063.