HME

Heat and Moisture Exchangers (HMEs) are designed to replicate the function of the body's upper airway in an artificial breathing circuit, by conserving expired heat and moisture and returning these to the patient during inhalation.

Heat and Moisture Exchangers (HMEs) are designed to replicate the function of the body's upper airway in an artificial breathing circuit, by conserving expired heat and moisture and returning these to the patient during inhalation. When patients are transferred from operating theatres to intensive care for more longer term care, their breathing circuits are often changed to heated humidified breathing systems. In the course of this transition, it is vital that HMEs are removed before connecting the patient to the humidified system. Failure to do so can result in the HME filter getting blocked, thereby also, over time, blocking the patient’s airway.

Medovate’s safety HME has been specifically designed and developed to prevent this airway obstruction, a medical ‘never event’, by using proprietary technology to alert healthcare staff if a humidified circuit is still connected to it. This prompts healthcare staff to remove the HME, therefore potentially saving the patient’s life.

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