A case of HME obstruction by distilled water from incidentally mounted heated wire circuit kit - A case report -

Chae In Jeong, Sang Il Lee, Yeo Hyun Ahn, Ji Yeon Kim, Kyung Tae Kim, Jang Su Park, Jung Won Kim
2009 Korean Journal of Anesthesiology  
Heat-moisture exchanger (HME) is an inexpensive and effective device used to prevent respiratory complications that can be caused by endotracheal tube insertion during general anesthesia. But, HME can increase airway resistance and be occluded by the patient's secretions. Whether a HME could be occluded by clear fluids such as condensate in the airway circuit is not certain yet. In vitro, a case of HME occlusion by normal saline was reported. We report a case of HME obstruction by distilled
more » ... on by distilled water came from the heated wire circuit which was unintentionally connected to the HME. (Korean J Anesthesiol 2009; 57: 358∼60)
doi:10.4097/kjae.2009.57.3.358 fatcat:mi5aylctrvczfospgg6xxreuzm