Non-heated humidifierNNon-heated humidifierNon-heated humidifierEnglishRespiratoryChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)Lungs;TracheaRespiratory systemNon-drug treatmentCaregivers Adult (19+) Hospital healthcare providersNA2017-06-29T04:00:00ZReshma Amin, MD, FRCPC, MSc;Faiza Syed, BHSc, RRT;Tuyen Tran, RRT000Flat ContentHealth A-Z

 

 

Non-heated humidifier2923.00000000000Non-heated humidifierNon-heated humidifierNEnglishRespiratoryChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)Lungs;TracheaRespiratory systemNon-drug treatmentCaregivers Adult (19+) Hospital healthcare providersNA2017-06-29T04:00:00ZReshma Amin, MD, FRCPC, MSc;Faiza Syed, BHSc, RRT;Tuyen Tran, RRT000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/trach_large_volume_nebulizer_EN.jpg" alt="A large volume nebulizer machine and bottle" /> <figcaption class="asset-image-caption">A large volume nebulizer, which provides humidified air</figcaption> </figure> <p>In a non-heated humidification system, the air is humidified, or moistened, but is not warmed. If necessary, your child can also receive <a href="/Article?contentid=2958&language=English">oxygen</a> through this humidification system.​​</p><h2>How does a non-heated humidifier work?</h2><p>Mist is formed as water passes into a nebulizer bottle. This mist travels through tubing to a mask that goes over the tracheostomy.</p><p></p><div class="caution"><h3>Precautions</h3><ul><li>The cool air from a non-heated humidifier can lead to bronchospasm and wheezing.</li><li>Over-hydration (too much water) can lead to increased suctioning.</li><li>If secretions are already thick and stuck, humidification can sometimes cause them to expand and block the airway.</li><li>Never drain the water from the tubing into the nebulizer bottle.​​</li></ul></div><h2>How do I assemble a non-heated humidifier?</h2><h3>Before you start</h3><p>Gather your supplies:</p><ul><li> <a href="/Article?contentid=2926&language=English">sterile, distilled water​</a></li><li>large volume nebulizer bottle<br></li><li>aerosol tubing (white or blue)</li><li>tracheostomy mask</li><li>high pressure compressor.</li></ul><h3>Assembling the non-heated humidifier</h3> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/trach_aerosol_tubing_and_trachmask.jpg" alt="Aerosol tubing and mask for a tracheostomy" /> <figcaption class="asset-image-caption">A tracheostomy mask attached to aerosol tubing</figcaption> </figure> <ol><li> <a href="/Article?contentid=2914&language=English">Wash your hands.</a></li><li>Fill the nebulizer bottle with sterile, distilled water.</li><li>Connect the nebulizer to the high-pressure compressor. Be careful to properly align the nebulizer bottle. Sometimes the plastic threads on the top of the nebulizer bottle become cross-threaded.</li><li>Attach the tubing to the nebulizer bottle.</li><li>Attach the tracheostomy mask to the other end of the tubing.</li><li>Turn the high-pressure compressor to ON. A fine mist should start moving through the tubing and come out through the tracheostomy mask.</li><li>Place the tracheostomy mask over the tracheostomy tube.</li><li>Watch for signs of discomfort or difficulty breathing.</li><li>Watch for condensation (water) that will build up in the tubing.</li><li>Check the tubing frequently and drain any water build-up.</li></ol><h2>How often should I clean or change the non-heated humidifier equipment?</h2><h3>Weekly</h3><p>Clean the following items with soap and water:</p><ul><li>nebulizer bottle</li><li>tubing</li><li>tracheostomy mask.</li></ul><h3>Monthly</h3><p>Change the following items:</p><ul><li>tubing</li><li>nebulizer bottle.</li></ul><h2>How do I fix a problem with the non-heated humidifier?</h2><p>If there is not enough mist coming out of the nebulizer bottle, the non-heated humidifier is not working properly. To fix the problem:</p><ul><li>make sure the nebulizer bottle has enough sterile, distilled water</li><li>check that the long, small tube inside the nebulizer bottle is not kinked or obstructed</li><li>check that the nebulizer bottle lid is threaded on correctly.</li></ul><p>Also remember to frequently drain the water build-up in the tubing. Draining the tubing frequently prevents the water from blocking the tube or getting accidentally inhaled. To drain the water, disconnect the tubing at the end that is connected to the tracheostomy and discard the water into sink or a container.</p> <a class="btn btn-primary" href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/trachvent">Return to trach-vent learning hub</a>Non-heated humidifierTruehttps://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=2924&language=Englishhttps://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=2922&language=English

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