Innovative tracheostomy HMEF’s are of significant benefit to tracheostomised patients during the Covid-19 pandemic, whether they are short term/ICU based or long term/home-based.
As you will no doubt be aware ENT UK and NTSP have recommended avoiding heated humidification circuits where possible and recommend using an HME with viral filter for tracheostomised patients after mechanical ventilation is discontinued. We would therefore like to introduce you to the Freevent Xtracare HMEF.
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Freevent XtraCare (HMEF)
Freevent XtraCare HMEF includes an electrostatic filter which offers >99% viral and bacterial filtration. The filtration works on both inspiration and expiration, meaning protection for the patient and also their surroundings and healthcare professionals.
The XtraCare HMEF can be used by itself in self-ventilating patients or within a closed suction circuit minimising the risk whilst performing aerosol generating procedures as is demonstrated in ‘The Kelley Circuit’, recently developed by the Respiratory Physiotherapy team at The Wellington Hospital, London.
The XtraCare HMEF is lightweight and has significantly lower added dead space in comparison to other commonly used HMEF’s within intensive care units. The reduction in dead space makes it easier for the patient to tolerate the device and sustain a closed-circuit system with the HMEF continuously in place.
- Combines an HME with an electrostatic filter for extra protection.
- Protects the patient from airborne particles (such as viruses, bacteria, dust and pollen) by effective filtration of inspired air.
- Protects the direct surroundings from airborne particles (such as viruses and bacteria) by effective filtration of the patient’s expired air.
- Can be used with Freevent O2 Adaptor which allows for the administration of supplemental oxygen. Use oxygen tubing of 1/8 inch (3.2 mm) diameter.
- Compatible with 15 mm connector.
- An HMEF designed specifically for use in self-ventilating tracheostomy patients with minimal dead space.