Tracheal Humidification

Tracheal humidification becomes essential for those who have undergone tracheostomy so as to keep secretions thin, prevent formation of mucus plugs and protect the user from bacterial infections. Humidification is provided by tracheal humidifiers which are heat and moisture exchanger(HME). These HMEs trap the patient’s own moisture and minimize heat loss thus providing greater breathing comfort by conditioning, moisturizing and warming the incoming air. Choose from the wide range of humidifiers for trach patients including hygroscopic condenser humidifiers, humidifier filters, etc.

Heat and moisture exchanger for trach

Heat and moisture exchanger, or HME, is a device required by those fitted with a tracheostomy tube and having to breathe through an opening in the trachea. Normal breathing through the nose and mouth is warm and moisturized while breathing through an artificial opening or tracheostomy tube is not. Hence, a HME trach device is needed to provide this. A trach HME improves the airway climate and provides effective tracheostomy care as well as respiratory care.

HME, which is also known as an artificial nose or a Swedish nose, is set up on the trach collar and fits onto the end of a trach tube. It carries a highly effective electrostatic filter which filters charged particles. It captures the patient’s exhaled heat and moisture and returns them in the form of inhaled air. The electrostatic hydrophobic membrane protects against cross-contamination while the hygroscopic membrane traps moisture from the patient thereby providing an effective airway humidification process.

It maybe a few weeks before the pulmonary symptoms show improvement. And in the first few days of HME use, mucus production may even increase.

HMEs warm and humidify air for spontaneously breathing tracheostomy patients. An HME is most effective when worn day and night. It provides bi-directional filtration with bacterial/viral efficiency up to 99.99%. Heat Moisture Exchangers offer cross-contamination protection for patients and equipment. There is low resistance to flow but moisture output is optimal.


Heat and moisture exchanger devices


Shiley’s Tracheolife II HME is a compact and lightweight single-use device for tracheostomy with HME element of cellulose. The Atos Medical Provox Micron HME has sideways airflow for discrete use and optimal hygiene.

With the Gibeck Humid-Flo HME from Teleflex, you can cut down on the need to routinely interrupt ventilation. Its exclusive design allows it to remain in-line during the first 72 hours of mechanical ventilation, even during aerosol treatments. This helps maintains positive-end expiratory pressure.

A CPAP humidifier from Somnetics, the Transcend Auto mini CPAP machine is fully-featured with a therapy range of 4-20 cmH2O, ramp feature, automatic altitude adjustment up to 8,000 feet and automatic voltage conversion.


We have a range of tracheostomy humidification supplies from well-known brands like Airlife, DAR, Hudson RCI, Kimvent, Provox, Select, Shiley and more. These are designed to provide effective respiratory therapy.

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