Clinical Implications of the Mechanical Effects of Heat and Moisture Exchangers
Humidification of inspired gases during mechanical ventilation is a standard of care. The detrimental effects of inadequate humidity are well known [1–3], and include damage to the ciliary mucosa, thickening of secretions, and lung damage (atelectasis, shunt effect, and infection).
KeywordsHeated Humidifier Moisture Exchanger Expiratory Resistance Deadspace Ventilation Inspiratory Resistance
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