Humidification: It’s Relative

Course Description

Optimal humidification, what is it? Many clinicians consider humidification to be providing a specific set temperature at the patient Y-piece. Some believe that it is using a particular heat moisture exchanger.

This program will provide clinicians with a fundamental overview of humidification during invasive and noninvasive ventilation; an understanding of the devices available; and how, as patient caregivers, we can assess patients and determine their humidification needs.


Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the basic physiology associated with heat and humidification
  • Describe the differences between active and passive humidification
  • Identify various characteristics of a heat moisture exchanger (HME)
  • Understand humidification during noninvasive ventilation (NIV)
Intended Audience

This self-study program is designed for healthcare professionals interested in enhancing their personal and professional development by participating in self-paced CE programs based on current research and practice.

Accreditation – Nursing

ICU Medical Clinical Education Provider Unit is approved for providing continuing nursing education by the California Board of Nursing, provider number CEP 15005.

Accreditation – Respiratory

Select programs are approved for contact hour continuing respiratory care education (CRCE) credit by: American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 100, Irving, TX, 75063


Course Length
One hour

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