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The airflow generated by a ventilator is often greater than what the body is used to. Using a humidifier with a ventilator can make a positive difference to therapy comfort by adding moisture and warmth to the air delivered by the devices, reducing the symptoms of dryness and congestion, and improving comfort and compliance.
Got questions about how to set up a humidifier? Find the answers here.
A. For devices without an integrated humidifier, the device should always be placed either at the same level or above the humidifier to reduce the risk of water entering the device.
A. No. To ensure that water doesn't enter the device, disconnect the humidifier and drain the water before moving it.
A. A full face mask should not change the amount of water used each night. If the patient experienced mouth leak before switching to a full face mask, they could have been losing air and humidity through their mouth, in which case they should use less water.
A. No. The tubing supplied with devices can withstand far higher temperatures than the heat generated by the humidifier.
A. Depending on patient´s needs, the humidifier may be turned on up to 20 minutes before use.
A. If the patient is having nasal congestion or dryness outside of the colder months, then it is recommended that they continue using a humidifier.
Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about humidifier settings below.
A. The answer varies depending on which ResMed humidifier is being used. Additionally, the amount of humidification required for comfortable therapy differs between patients. Please refer to the user guide.
H5i humidification delivery is controlled by three inputs (ambient humidity, H5i settings and device flow) and adjusts the output to maintain consistent water delivery.
In general, start at a humidity level setting of 3, and adjust up or down by 0.5 to address any drying or rain-out (condensation) issues.
When using ClimateLine™ heated tubing, we recommend using Auto mode, which defaults to a Climate Control setting of approximately 27°C. From there, you can adjust up and down as necessary.
If using ClimateLine heated tubing in Manual mode, start with a humidity level setting of 3, and a heated tube setting of approximately 27°C. Adjust the humidity level up and down by 0.5 to address any drying or rain-out issues, and adjust the heated tube level up and down in 1° increments to find the most comfortable temperature setting.
(Used with the Stellar™ 150)
Start the setting at 3 and adjust for comfort.
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