Summary: What is optimum humidity?

Topic: Humidification

Rankin N (Respir Care Clin N Am. 1998 4(2): 321-8)

Dr. Rankin reviews the factors that determine optimal humidification for respiratory gases. This paper examines the relationship between water content of the inspired gas and mucosal function to determine that the optimal conditioning for inspired gas is 37ºC and 100% relative humidity.

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