humidity guidelines in incubator

  1. Wondered if anyone had any guidelines they could share about use of internal humidity in incubators and what ranges are suggested when. I'm having a hard time finding recent literature on this subject. Would appreciate any assistance out there
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  3. by   prmenrs
    If the baby needs humidity, (only babies 27 wks or< for the first ~5 days of life) the Respiratory Therapists provide it with a tent and sterile water and heating source.

    Otherwise, incubators are run dry, lest they turn into bacteria factories.
  4. by   Linda K
    Quote from nicued
    Wondered if anyone had any guidelines they could share about use of internal humidity in incubators and what ranges are suggested when. I'm having a hard time finding recent literature on this subject. Would appreciate any assistance out there

    I think Ohmeda has some guidelines that are adapted to use of their giraffe incubator. I also know the NANN/AWHONN skin care guidelines address the use of humidity, as well. I am trying to find this info, too. It seems that there are discrepancies about how to do it, when to use it, and how long to use it.
    I'd like to hear more!
  5. by   turkey
    Quote from Linda K
    I think Ohmeda has some guidelines that are adapted to use of their giraffe incubator. I also know the NANN/AWHONN skin care guidelines address the use of humidity, as well. I am trying to find this info, too. It seems that there are discrepancies about how to do it, when to use it, and how long to use it.
    I'd like to hear more!
    Hi, I'm also trying to source guidelines. Most of the articles I've sourced say to use humidity above 70%. The time variation is between discontinuing at day7 others 3-4 weeks for >28weeks. Skin maturation occurs by 2 weeks postnatal. Drager did study on infection from pseudomonas and found that above 50% no organisms found in incubator. There are no RCT on what %, length of time, infection rates, in relation to humidity in incubators.
    Brid.

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