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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Risk of aspiration when Provox Life FreeHands Flexivoice HME is not inserted correctly

 I would like to highlight a potentially serious problem that occurred to me when I used  the new Life HME filter. I placed it INCORRECTLY with the side with only 2 bars facing the stoma (see pictures) and it got separated and fell into the trachea after several minutes. Fortunately, I was able to cough it out.

Make sure that you attach the HME correctly with the side that has 3 bars (shaped like z) facing your stoma (see picture). If one has questions they  should contact their  SLP or Atos representative.

Filter side that should NOT face the stoma

Filter side that should 
face the stoma 

Correct way to insert HME to the FreeHands Flexivoice 

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