Disposable Medical Face Masks
A medical face mask is usually referred to as a surgical face mask because it is specifically designed to be used by healthcare professionals during surgery procedures. Surgical masks provide protection to the patient from airborne organisms and fluids from the patient’s eyes and mouth.
Surgical masks contain a rigid outer shell that covers the patient’s entire face. This protective covering is composed of a polyurethane or foam liner. A layer of foam that is opaque allows the doctor to see through the plastic and sterile mask while giving the patient complete privacy.
Patients who require disposable surgical masks must wear them for an extended period of time, usually twenty-four hours or more, after having their face surgically removed. Once the mask has been taken off, patients may be subjected to continuous and sometimes loud noises. It is recommended that patients avoid performing physical activities for at least one day after their face has been removed.
Medical mask manufacturers also include a ventilation port underneath the plastic liner of these protective caps to improve the patient’s comfort level. Some types of face masks can also include a face mask sock, which allows the doctor to insert a tube of air into the airway of the patient. Most of the disposable surgical masks include these ports, which make it easy for doctors to perform these tasks without disturbing their patient.
During a surgical procedure, the plastic cover that is molded to fit the shape and size of the patient’s face is removed to expose the soft tissue that makes up the patient’s cheekbones and mouth. When the soft tissue is exposed, it is exposed to high temperatures, which are conducive to causing an infection.
Patients who experience serious infections after having their face removed through a surgical procedure should not wear disposable surgical masks. These patients should wear protective gear, including goggles, gloves, and a mask. These protective gear can also help reduce the risk of secondary infections and improve patient comfort levels after a procedure.
Disposable surgical masks can be used to protect patients in many ways, but they should be used with caution. Healthcare workers who wear these disposable face protection devices must follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when using the face mask.
A plastic liner that is inserted into a disposable surgical mask is usually made of a polyurethane or latex. The polyurethane or latex provides a barrier between the patient’s skin and the inside of the mask, while the rigid outer shell is composed of a hard plastic material that prevents air from entering the mask. These liners can be colored, printed, embossed, or engraved so that the wearer can customize the liner’s coloration to the patient’s preferences.
Most disposable surgical mask manufacturers also include instructions on how to properly care for the protective coating that is placed over the plastic liner. It is recommended that patients clean their plastic face mask on a regular basis and ensure that it is stored away from heat, light, moisture, and humidity in order to prevent the buildup of bacteria and other contaminants.