Key messages

• Poor conditioning of the temperature and humidity of inspired gases is the source of an increase in morbidity, mortality, and cost of hospital stay.

• Modern heat and moisture exchangers (HMEs) provide adequate conditioning of inspired gases in terms of heat and water preservation.

• A heated humidifier may be preferable to an HME for hypothermic patients, when minute ventilation is 10 l/min or more, or when occlusion of the endotracheal tube occurs during ventilation with an HME.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea

Have You Been Told Over And Over Again That You Snore A Lot, But You Choose To Ignore It? Have you been experiencing lack of sleep at night and find yourself waking up in the wee hours of the morning to find yourself gasping for air?

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