Humidification in the Intensive Care Unit

The Essentials

  • Antonio Matías Esquinas

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Humidification and Physiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jens Geiseler, Julia Fresenius
      Pages 3-9
    3. Maire Shelly, Craig Spencer
      Pages 11-14
  3. Humidification and Devices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Varun Gupta, Surendra K. Sharma
      Pages 17-26
    3. Jean-Damien Ricard, Alexandre Boyer, Didier Dreyfuss
      Pages 27-31
    4. Jens Geiseler, Julia Fresenius, Ortrud Karg
      Pages 41-48
  4. Humidification and High-Flow Oxygen Therapy

  5. Humidification and Noninvasive Ventilation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. David Chiumello, Antonella Marino, Elisabetta Gallazzi
      Pages 75-80
    3. Antonio Matías Esquinas, Ahmed S. BaHammam
      Pages 81-91
    4. Antonio Matías Esquinas, Suhaila E. Al-Jawder, Ahmed S. BaHammam
      Pages 93-102
    5. Antonio Costa, Ricardo Reis
      Pages 103-108
  6. Humidification and Invasive Mechanical Ventilation

  7. Humidification and Ventilator Associated Pneumonia

  8. Humidification Tracheostomy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 209-209
  9. Humidification, Mucus Transport and Secretion Clearance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Naomi Kondo Nakagawa, Juliana Araújo Nascimento, Marina Lazzari Nicola, Paulo Hilário Nascimento Saldiva
      Pages 217-225
  10. Humidification in Critically Ill Neonates

  11. Back Matter
    Pages 285-288

About this book


Inadequate humidification of inspired gases can cause a variety of serious problems, and humidification has accordingly become an important aspect of modern intensive care medicine. The array of available devices is now formidable, and appropriate advice on their use is essential. Accordingly, this book is designed to serve as a practical guide for clinicians, providing information on the theoretical background of humidification, the equipment, and its optimal application.

The book starts by examining the physiological basis of humidification. Current devices are then discussed, with careful attention to factors influencing their performance and methods to evaluate their effectiveness. The two scenarios of mechanical and non-mechanical ventilation are considered, and the issue of ventilator-associated pneumonia is addressed in detail. Further chapters focus on such topics as humidification following tracheostomy, humidification of the artificial airway during secretion management, measurement of inspired gas temperature in the ventilated neonate, and humidification in the home care setting.

This unique monograph on the current techniques of humidification and their indications has been written by internationally acclaimed experts and will prove of great value to practitioners.


Heated humidifier Humidification Mechanical ventilation Non-invasive mechanical ventilation

Editors and affiliations

  • Antonio Matías Esquinas
    • 1
  1. 1.MurciaSpain

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-02973-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-02974-5
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