Humidifier module

  • US 7,335,157 B2
  • Filed: 11/13/2002
  • Issued: 02/26/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/15/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A humidifier module for use with a thermal support apparatus including an air passageway, the humidifier module comprising:

  • a housing movable between a use position coupled to the thermal support apparatus and a second position spaced apart from the thermal support apparatus, the housing comprising exterior walls, at least one interior wall dividing the housing into a first interior chamber and a second interior chamber, a passageway extending between the first and second interior chambers, said first and second interior chambers in constant fluid communication via said passageway, and an outlet port in fluid communication with the second chamber and the air passageway when the housing is in the use position, and a heat source positioned in the second chamber to heat the fluid in the second chamber;

    said humidifier further comprising a first mount portion configured to engage a second mount portion coupled to the thermal support apparatus, the first and second mount portions in communication with the humidifier module and the thermal support apparatus when the humidifier module is in the use position, wherein the first mount portion includes the outlet port and the second mount portion includes a vapor passageway in fluid communication with the air passageway and the outlet port.

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