Face Mask Hazards And How To Protect Yourself From Them
An emergency treatment, or a surgical face mask, is the equivalent of a safety glasses for your eyes that protect your eyes from blood and other fluids that may be present during a surgical procedure. A surgical face mask, also called a medical face mask, is an individual protective gear worn by medical professionals during certain medical procedures. This type of mask has a mouth guard attached to it which prevents you from choking or breathing in your own blood during surgery. Surgical face masks are made up of a sterile material to prevent contamination. The use of surgical face masks is necessary during open-heart surgery, c-section, and many other types of open-heart surgeries.
Surgical face masks differ in size and shape according to the surgical procedure, they are intended for. Their shape is usually like a mouth guard and most of them are lightweight to allow for easy portability. Face masks are usually white or translucent and designed to cover the nose, mouth, and eyes. These masks are very useful in preventing contamination due to their large size and clear face areas which prevent any particles from entering into your respiratory system.
Before the introduction of face masks to prevent inhalation of large-particle droplets, physicians had to improvise by using nasal splashes or nose strips. Nasal splashes and nose strips were often effective but not always completely efficient because some small particles could escape into the patient’s breathing area and easily be inhaled by patients. During large-particle inhalation, small particles would become airborne and easily enter the patient’s respiratory system causing serious and potentially fatal pulmonary embolism.
The use of a surgical mask during a surgical procedure was revolutionary because it prevented smaller liquid droplets from being inhaled by the patient. Because of this, any particles that could not be inhaled would land directly on the face of the wearer and thus would not cause damage. Previously, when these particles would land on the patient’s face, they would either cause small cuts or abrasion damage, or worse yet, death would occur. One of the most common injuries from being improperly wearing a surgical mask is from abrasion or cuts to the upper face. An effective face mask should have a safety latch so that the operator can ensure that the mask is properly worn and never falling down or coming off during the operation.
Another problem faced by physicians performing surgery was the risk of infection from plastic bags used to clean surgical tools before the patient was administered with anesthesia. This practice caused many of the plastic bags to leak and fill with warm, contaminated water. Such warm water would then be introduced into the breathing pathway and would easily trap foreign matter that was inhaled into the lungs and cause infections. A surgical face mask should be able to prevent such contamination and should also have an anti-leak seal to prevent warm plastic bags from becoming contaminated.
While these practices improved surgical procedures for physicians, they still failed to address one of the main risks that face masks presented. The same general risk existed in prior to the development of face masks: airborne bacteria and viruses would become airborne upon patient’s breathing passages while they were under the surgeon’s knife. In fact, such practices were said to be responsible for the start of the widespread flu pandemic of 1918. Fortunately, however, advances in medical research and technology have led to the creation of airtight plastic masks that effectively prevent the spread of such microbes.