Course Description
Optimal humidification, what is it? As clinicians, many consider this to be providing a specific set temperature at the patient Y-piece. Some may believe that it is using a particular heat moisture exchanger. This guide will provide clinicians with a fundamental overview of humidification during invasive and noninvasive ventilation, an understanding of the devices available and lastly, how as patient caregivers, we can assess patients and determine their humidification needs.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the basic physiology associated with heat and humidification.
  2. Describe the differences between active and passive humidification.
  3. Identify various characteristics of a heat moisture exchanger (HME).
  4. Understand humidification during noninvasive ventilation (NIV).

Expiration Date: 04-01-2018

CE Credit
This course is approved for 1.0 CE credit(s).
This free Respiratory CEU activity is provided by Smiths Medical Education and accredited by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).
Before You Begin

Register for a free account at Smiths Medical Education. Enter the following registration code: SMCEALL . An AARC ID is not needed but if you have one, remember to include it as part of your registration. Remember to log into your Smiths Medical Education account before you begin.Smiths Medical Education registration

  • Read the study guide
  • Take the post test. A score of 80% or greater is needed to pass.
  • Once completed, complete the short survey and the certificate will be available for print.
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