ASTM F1690-96(2004)

    Standard Specification for Humidifiers for Medical Use—Part 1: General Requirements for Active Humidification Systems (Withdrawn 2013)

    Withdrawn Standard: ASTM F1690-96(2004) | Developed by Subcommittee: F29.14


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    Withdrawn Rationale:

    Formerly under the jurisdiction of Committee F29 on Anesthetic and Respiratory Equipment, this practice was withdrawn in July 2013 in accordance with section of the Regulations Governing ASTM Technical Committees, which requires that standards shall be updated by the end of the eighth year since the last approval date.

    1. Scope

    1.1 The requirements given in Clause 1 of the General Standard apply with the following additions and modifications:

    1.1.1 Replace with the following: This specification includes requirements for the safety and performance of active vaporizing and nebulizing humidification systems, as defined in 3.1.6, suitable for inclusion in breathing systems (both intubated and non-intubated patients). This specification also includes requirements for breathing tubes, including heated breathing tubes (heated-wire breathing circuits), and devices intended to control these heated breathing tubes, heated breathing tube controllers. Heat and moisture exchangers (HMEs) are outside the scope of this specification. However, it is recognized that their safety and performance may affect that of humidification systems. Numerous studies have been published citing the benefits and risks of HMEs used in conjunction with humidification systems. It is advisable to review the instructions for use provided with the humidification systems and HMEs and the available literature for more details. Devices commonly referred to as "room humidifiers," humidifiers used in heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems and humidifiers used to condition the environment within infant incubators are outside the scope of this specification. It has not been found possible to include guidance on the matter of droplet size in the case of nebulizing humidifiers. Gas-powered nebulizers used for the delivery of drugs to patients through their respiratory system are outside the scope of this specification. Appendices in this specification are not mandatory unless made so by an explicit statement in the main text.

    1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard.

    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    F1054 Specification for Conical Fittings

    F1205 Specification for Anesthesia Breathing Tubes

    F1463 Specification for Alarm Signals in Medical Equipment Used in Anesthesia and Respiratory Care

    ANSI Standard

    ANSI/CGA G7.1 Commodity Specification for Medical Grade Air Available from American National Standards Institute (ANSI), 25 W. 43rd St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10036.

    CGA Standard

    CGA Pamphlet G4.3 Commodity Specification for Medical Grade Oxygen Available from Compressed Gas Association, 1235 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202.

    ISO Standards

    ISO 10651 Lung Ventilators for Medical Use--Part 3: Particular Requirements for Emergency and Transport Ventilators

    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/F1690-96R04

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    Citation Format

    ASTM F1690-96(2004), Standard Specification for Humidifiers for Medical Use—Part 1: General Requirements for Active Humidification Systems (Withdrawn 2013), ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2004,

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