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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Changing a hydrophobic heat and moisture exchanger...[Intensive Care Med. 1999] - PubMed Result

Changing a hydrophobic heat and moisture exchanger...[Intensive Care Med. 1999] - PubMed Result: "CONCLUSIONS: Changing the hydrophobic HME after 48 h rather than 24 h did not affect its technical performance in terms of heat and water preservation of ventilatory gases. There is also some indirect evidence of very little, if any, change in HME resistance. No bacterial colonization of the ventilator sides of the HMEs was observed after 48 h of use. However, other large clinical trials should be undertaken to confirm the safety of extending the time between HME changes."