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The effect of humidification on the incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16828694     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Breathing systems used with heated humidifiers are associated with a rapid and high level of bacterial colonization. This colonization is considerably reduced with the use of HMEs. Breathing systems do not need to be changed during the entire ventilation period of a given patient unless they are visibly soiled or mechanically malfunctioning. The incidence of VAP is not influenced by the type of humidification device (heated humidifier or HME). The incidence of VAP is not affected by the duration of use of HMEs or the type of HME, but prolonging the use of a HME further reduces the risk of cross-contamination and results in considerable cost savings.
Jean-Damien Ricard; Alexandre Boyer; Didier Dreyfuss
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Respiratory care clinics of North America     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1078-5337     ISO Abbreviation:  Respir Care Clin N Am     Publication Date:  2006 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-07-10     Completed Date:  2006-12-05     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9612026     Medline TA:  Respir Care Clin N Am     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  263-73     Citation Subset:  IM    
Intensive Care Medicine, Paris VII Medical School, Paris, France.
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MeSH Terms
Air Microbiology
Equipment Contamination
Humidity / adverse effects*
Pneumonia, Ventilator-Associated / epidemiology,  etiology*,  prevention & control
Respiration, Artificial / adverse effects,  instrumentation*

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