A surgical face mask, also called an endoscopic mask, is designed to be worn only by medical professionals during certain surgical procedures. It is designed to prevent infection in the operating room and patients by capturing airborne bacteria and fluid droplets from the mouth and nose of the patient and spit out by the surgeon into a collection cup or other container. While this may sound simple enough, it is essential that you are comfortable with wearing this mask when operating. There are several types of masks that will help you achieve this and they include the open face, a full face mask and a full-face surgical mask.
Full-face surgical masks are designed for surgery to be done inside of the mouth. These masks have a wide brimmed headgear and are made to cover all of the top of the upper and lower jaw. This type of mask is most often worn by doctors. The face is usually covered by a cloth or plastic face shield that is placed over the head to protect it from potential contamination. The wearer should use an airtight breathing mask at all times and a full face mask should be used if the procedure will require multiple people to wear it.
An open face mask is designed for surgical procedures to be done outside of the mouth. These masks are typically used in emergency rooms because they allow air flow but they do not completely cover the entire face. When an open face mask is worn, the surgeon places the endoscope inside of the mouth. The endoscope is a flexible tube that is connected to a camera. This camera is used to film the operation while providing an image of what the surgeon is seeing inside of the mouth. If a problem with the camera occurs, the endoscope can be rewound and the video returned to the doctor so that he or she can see how the problem occurred.
Full-face surgical masks, also referred to as “full face”fixed” masks, have a full-brimmed headgear. These masks are commonly worn in hospitals and other health care facilities where patients may need to go in and out of the operating room. While these masks are sometimes required in these types of operations, they may not be needed for many other types of procedures. Some examples of other procedures in which the full-face mask may not be required are dental procedures, eye surgeries and minor surgeries.
A full-face surgical mask is usually worn during the last phase of an elective procedure. This includes major dental procedures, liposuction or other cosmetic procedures and minor reconstructive procedures such as ear reconstruction and implants.
In addition to being designed for use in the operating room, full-face surgical masks are typically used for external use. When you wear a full-face mask when you are going to the beach, swimming, hiking, fishing or going for a jog, you are wearing a surgical face mask while being protected from sunburn, insect bites and other hazards.