Humidity is critical to human respiratory health. Our airways naturally condition inspired air to a level of temperature and humidity that enables physiologic equilibrium in the airway. When this natural balance is disrupted, the performance of the lung is inhibited. Maintaining this physiologic harmony is vital to a patient's outcome.

This student learning module provides an overview of humidity, optimal humidity levels and the mucociliary transport system, methods of delivering humidity and moisture to the airways, identifies patient groups at greater risk from lack of humidification, and reviews the AARC Clinical Practice Guidelines on humidification during mechanical ventilation.

This learning module will take you approximately 1.5 hours to complete. 

Successful completion of this learning module requires a passing score of 70% (10/15) on the post-test.

This course does NOT qualify for CRCE. If you need CRCE for your license or credential, please search for content in other channels on AARC U.

User reviews for Respiratory Humidity:

"Great learning modules!"
"Thanks to AARC for giving me this wonderful opportunity to learn about humidification."
"Well-structured modules. Great for review and learning!"
"Easy to follow and learn. This is a great seminar for students. I believe first year students would benefit from this seminar."
"Loved the videos of mucociliary transport in action."

 

Seminar Information
Seminar Date:
January 01, 2017
Expiration Date:
December 31, 2017 11:55 PM
Seminar Objectives
  • Module 1: Define humidity, identify how humidity is measured, discuss respiratory humidification and gas conditioning, and describe the mucociliary transport system and humidification.
  • Module 2: Discuss the impact of reduced temperature and humidity on mucociliary transport, identify factors that influence temperature and humidity in the airways, and determine the optimal humidity level for the airways.
  • Module 3: Discuss how humidity and moisture are added to the airways via active and passive humidifiers, nebulizers, and saline instillation.
  • Module 4: Discuss various patient groups at risk from lack of humidification, including those who are mechanically ventilated, have excessive or thick secretions, experience air leaks in the system, are difficult to wean, are non-compliant due to discomfort, are immunocompromised, and are receiving long-term ventilation
  • Module 5: Discuss the recommendations and rationale provided for humidification during mechanical ventilation published in the 2012 AARC Clinical Practice Guidelines
Module 1: Introduction to Humidity

Module 1 provides an introduction to humidity. The module 1 post-chapter quiz will focus on the main concepts presented. 

 

The module 1 video is approximately 16 minutes in length.

Module 2: Optimal Humidity

Module 2 explores optimal humidity levels and the mucociliary transport system. The module 2 post-chapter quiz will focus on the main concepts presented. 

The module 2 video is approximately 20 minutes in length.

Module 3: Delivering Humidity

Module 3 outlines various methods of delivering humidity and moisture to the airways. The module 3 post-chapter quiz will focus on the main concepts presented. 

 

The module 3 video is approximately 21 minutes in length.

Module 4: Patients at Risk

Module 4 identifies patient groups at greater risk from a lack of humidification. The module 4 post-chapter quiz will focus on the main concepts presented. 

 

The module 4 video is approximately 10 minutes in length.

Module 5: AARC CPG

Module 5 reviews the AARC Clinical Practice Guidelines on humidification during mechanical ventilation. The module 5 post-chapter quiz will focus on the main concepts presented. After you have completed all videos and post-chapter quizzes, you may proceed to the post-course examination to complete the course.

 

The module 5 video is approximately 15 minutes in length.

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