This is a discussion on humidifiers in LTC: Directors Nursing / Assistant (DON/ADON), part of Nursing Specialties ... Does anyone know if there is a regulation about having a humidifier in a resident's room in long...by CapeCodMermaid Nov 7, '12Does anyone know if there is a regulation about having a humidifier in a resident's room in long term care? I seem to remember something a few years ago about them being outlawed, but my administrator seems to think it's okay and I have a nurse practitioner saying this resident HAS to have one.
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- Nov 7, '12 by Nascar nurseCan't say that I've ever seen a regulation stating you can't, although I find it odd that I've never seen one used in LTC either. I would suspect possibly an infection control concern with forcing potential contamated airborne pathogens about the enviornment. My thinking is - if you aren't even suppose to shake out a clean sheet to make a bed then how could it be ok to force pressurized air around a room. Then my mind wonders if an airconditioner doesn't force air too. Yeah, I have a head cold and I am rambling. Hope you find something useful to ponder on. Sorry.
- Nov 7, '12 by morteI am thinking a humidifier is ok, but not a vaporizor..
- Nov 14, '12 by SnfRnWe've used a humidifier a few times, and there's a policy in the P and P "bible" for it. It's been a while so I don't remember details, but it mostly has to do with specific ways to clean it.
- Nov 28, '12 by cwgrlup85A lot of LTC facilities avoid using them and have outlawed them for infection control purposes. Since this particular person is needing it you'll need to come up with a strict policy regarding it's use and cleaning.