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Heat and moisture exchangers. Structure and function.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9648186     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A bewildering array of HMEs are available, suited to many different tidal volume and other clinical requirements. Choosing among the different devices depends on many attributes. Grouping different HMEs together to describe their performance may be inappropriate. Independent tests on HMEs provide information to help when choosing among different devices, but care should be exercised to prevent inappropriate comparisons being made between results from studies using different test procedures and protocols. The use of filters in anesthesia is recommended in some countries. Some HMEs have a high moisture-conserving performance, but the use of HMEs may be inappropriate for some patient groups, and other humidifying devices may be more suitable.
A R Wilkes
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Respiratory care clinics of North America     Volume:  4     ISSN:  1078-5337     ISO Abbreviation:  Respir Care Clin N Am     Publication Date:  1998 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-09-08     Completed Date:  1998-09-08     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9612026     Medline TA:  Respir Care Clin N Am     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  261-79     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff.
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MeSH Terms
Equipment Design / standards
Equipment Safety / standards
Filtration / methods
Hot Temperature
Pulmonary Gas Exchange / physiology*
Respiration, Artificial / instrumentation*
Ventilators, Mechanical*

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