Heated high flow humidifierHHeated high flow humidifierHeated high flow 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

 

 

Heated high flow humidifier2924.00000000000Heated high flow humidifierHeated high flow humidifierHEnglishRespiratoryChild (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_vent_filling_humidifier_EN.jpg" alt="Filling the humidifier on a ventilator" /><figcaption class="asset-image-caption">Filling the humidifier chamber on a ventilator</figcaption> </figure> <p>In a heated high flow (HHF) humidification system, for example Airvo, the air is both humidified and 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 an HHF humidifier work?</h2><p>This type of humidifier features a water chamber, which holds sterile water. When the unit is plugged in and switched on, the water is warmed up until it evaporates and passes into a breathing tube connected to your child’s tracheostomy.</p><p>Receiving warm and moistened air will thin out your child’s thick <a href="/Article?contentid=2927&language=English">secretions</a> and make it easier for your child to cough them up.</p><h3>Points to note about heated high flow humidifiers</h3><ul><li>The government does not provide funding for this type of humidifier, so your family must pay all costs related to equipment, supplies and maintenance. </li></ul><div class="caution"><h3 style="text-align:left;">Precautions </h3><ul><li>An HHF humidifier is not intended to be portable. This is because of the risk of water spillage from the humidifer pot. </li><li>Always follow the manufacturer's recommendations for disinfecting and cleaning an HHF humidifier.</li></ul></div><h2>How to assemble an HHF humidifier</h2><h3>Before you start</h3><p>Gather your equipment and supplies:</p><ul><li>a bag of <a href="/Article?contentid=2926&language=English">sterile, distilled water​</a></li><li>heated high-flow (HHF) unit</li><li>auto-filled water chamber</li><li>heated breathing tube</li><li>tracheostomy interface, or an adapter with tracheostomy mask.</li></ul><h3>Assembling the HHF humidifier</h3><ol><li> <a href="/Article?contentid=2914&language=English">Wash your hands</a>. </li><li>Plug the heated high-flow unit’s power cord into the main power supply.</li><li>Slide the water chamber into the HHF unit.</li><li>Connect the sterile water bag.</li><li>Connect one end of the heated breathing tube to the outlet of the water chamber.</li><li>Connect the other end of the heated breathing tube to your child’s tracheostomy interface.</li><li>Turn on the unit by pressing the On/Off button.</li><li>Wait until the “Ready for use” symbol (a circle and checkmark) appears.</li><li>Connect the interface to your child’s tracheostomy.</li></ol><h2>How to clean and maintain an HHF humidifier</h2><h3>Weekly</h3><ul><li>Clean the tracheostomy mask with soapy water, rinse and air dry.</li><li>Change the heated breathing tube.</li><li>Change the auto-fill water chamber.</li></ul><h3>Monthly</h3><ul><li>Use detergent and water or a detergent wipe to thoroughly clean the outside surface of the HHF unit. Allow to dry before use.</li><li>Change the air filter. If an air filter needs to be changed, the HHF unit will indicate this on its screen.</li><li>Change the tracheostomy interface.</li></ul><p>You can get more disinfection and cleaning instructions in the HHF humidifier's user manual.</p> <a class="btn btn-primary" href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/trachvent">Return to trach-vent learning hub</a><br>Heated high flow humidifierTruehttps://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=2925&language=Englishhttps://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=2923&language=English

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