An emergency room doctor will wear a face mask when operating in a critical care setting. This is especially true for emergency room staff and patients that are allergic or have a severe medical condition. Face masks have also been used in the military. The military uses face masks as a way to protect their troops from chemical irritants and infectious materials.
Physicians, aestheticians, and other professionals are sometimes asked to wear face masks while helping patients. A medical professional may use this type of mask to combat acne breakouts. Face mask manufacturers have created different types of face masks based on advertising policies for these professionals. The advertising policy will specify if the mask should be worn during a specific time frame or not.
Health care workers such as nurses, doctors, pharmacists, and x-ray technicians can also wear n95 masks to protect their face from irritants. The n95 stands for “nursery” and “critical care.” A cloth face mask is often worn by these individuals because it is easier to clean, dirt resistant, and does not wrinkle easily like an inner liner typically would.
Some professionals may wear a disposable face mask bracket. This type of bracket is designed to be washed and reused after every practice or procedure. Each time it is used, the mouthpiece is removed and the plastic unit is placed inside the mouth so that it can be wiped down with a paper towel. A good quality bracket is made with a strong plastic that will not leak or catch on fire when it comes into contact with either heat moisture or chemicals. These plastic brackets are very inexpensive and can be purchased at most any hospital supply store or pharmacy.
Lip balm has a small opening on the lip edge which is larger than a typical ball or wedge-shaped plastic piece that is worn around the outside of the mouth. The purpose of this piece is to allow for a steady stream of sterile medication to flow through while patients have their surgical masks or are administered anesthesia. These pieces are often disposable and only last for a short period of time until they are replaced. Medical professionals who perform a significant number of dental operations may find that disposable lip balms are much more cost effective than reusable lip balms. Because disposable lip balms don’t need to be replaced as frequently, they tend to be much cheaper over the long term.
Respirators are worn around the head, neck, and face to help prevent the entry of infectious organisms, allergens, and microorganisms that can cause serious medical complications or life threatening diseases. Since many types of respiratory protective gear are disposable and only needed for a limited amount of time, they are much cheaper than the other face masks. There are two main types of respirators available: full faced respirators that cover the entire head, neck, and face; and nasal or postnasal respirators which are specifically designed to protect the nasal cavity. Some health care facilities even supply an additional face mask which can be used in addition with a full-faced respirator.