Humidification Performance of Heat and Moisture Exchangers for Pediatric Use

  title={Humidification Performance of Heat and Moisture Exchangers for Pediatric Use},
  author={Yusuke Chikata and Chihiro Sumida and Jun Oto and Hideaki Imanaka and Masaji Nishimura},
  booktitle={Critical care research and practice},
Background. While heat and moisture exchangers (HMEs) have been increasingly used for humidification during mechanical ventilation, the efficacy of pediatric HMEs has not yet been fully evaluated. Methods. We tested ten pediatric HMEs when mechanically ventilating a model lung at respiratory rates of 20 and 30 breaths/min and pressure control of 10, 15, and 20 cmH(2)O. The expiratory gas passed through a heated humidifier. We created two rates of leakage: 3.2 L/min (small) and 5.1 L/min (large… CONTINUE READING
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