Heated humidifierHHeated humidifierHeated 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 humidifier2925.00000000000Heated humidifierHeated 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​​ <p>Heated humidifiers are for children who use a <a href="/Article?contentid=2938&language=English">ventilator</a> attached to a tracheostomy tube.</p><h2>How does a heated humidifier work?</h2><p>The air from the ventilator passes over heated water to become warmed and humidified before it enters your child’s lungs.</p> <figure class="asset-c-100"><span class="asset-image-title">A heated humidifier for a ventilator</span><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/trach_heated_humidifier_EN.jpg" alt="A heated humidifier, wires, tubes and circuits" /> </figure> <h2>How to assemble a heated humidifier circuit<br></h2><h3>Before you start</h3><p>Gather your equipment and supplies:</p><ul><li> <a href="/Article?contentid=2926&language=English">sterile, distilled water​</a></li><li>water chamber</li><li>heated humidifier (F&P MR 850)</li><li> <a href="/Article?contentid=2942&language=English">ventilator and circuit</a> (for example, Trilogy).</li></ul><h3>Assembling a heated humidifier circuit</h3><ol><li> <a href="/Article?contentid=2914&language=English">Wash your hands</a>.</li><li>Fill the water chamber with sterile distilled water.</li><li>Slide the humidification chamber onto the base of the heated humidifier.</li><li>Connect the bacterial filter to the outlet of the ventilator.</li><li>Connect one side of the short ventilator tubing to the antibacterial filter.</li><li>Connect the other side of the short tubing to one of the tubing connections on the water chamber.</li><li>Conect one side of the long tubing to the other connection on the water chamber.</li><li>Connect the other side of the long tubing to your child's tracheostomy adaptor.</li><li>Turn on the humidifier, making sure that it is on the “invasive” mode at 37° C.</li></ol><h2> How to maintain a heated humidifier</h2><h3>As needed</h3><ul><li>When it is dirty, clean the humidifier with a clean damp cloth and either isopropyl alcohol or dishwashing liquid.</li><li>Replace the water chamber when it has a crack.</li></ul><h3>Daily</h3><ul><li>Empty the water chamber if using it only at night.</li></ul><h3>Every six months </h3><ul><li>Check the temperature probe for physical damage.</li></ul><h3>Every year</h3><ul><li>Check the temperature cables for damage. Replace if necessary.</li><li>Check the heater plate for deep scratching. Replace if necessary.</li><li>Check the heater wire adaptors for damage. Replace if necessary.</li></ul><div class="caution"><h3>Precautions</h3><ul><li>Because of how it works, a heated humidifier can sometimes create an electric shock.</li><li>Take care to avoid “ra​in out” (build-up of warm water), as it can lead to bacterial growth in the tubing.</li></ul></div> <a class="btn btn-primary" href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/trachvent">Return to trach-vent learning hub</a><br>Heated humidifierTruehttps://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=2926&language=Englishhttps://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=2924&language=English

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