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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Heat-and-moisture exchangers used with biweekly ci...[Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2000] - PubMed Result

Heat-and-moisture exchangers used with biweekly ci...[Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2000] - PubMed Result: "Salemi C, Padilla S, Canola T, Reynolds D.

Department of Internal Medicine, Kaiser Permanente Southern California Medical Group, Fontana, USA.

In 1991, heat-and-moisture exchangers were introduced with biweekly ventilator circuit tubing changes, resulting in elimination of multiple pieces of respiratory equipment and reduced labor costs. The annual savings were $157,000, totalling $1.5 million since the onset of the program. There have been no increases in rates of ventilator-associated pneumonia."