A face mask, also called an oral face mask, is usually worn by healthcare professionals in hospitals during surgical procedures. Oral masks are designed to prevent bacteria from spreading from mouth to nose and from nose to throat by capturing bacteria that are shed from the patient’s mouth and nose and by blocking airflow into the patient’s nose. Oral masks may also be used to provide comfort by allowing breathing through the mouth while the patient wears the mask.
Face masks come in various sizes and shapes. Some masks can cover entire head areas, while others are designed to fit on one side of the face or the back of the head. They are often disposable and can be reused several times until they are needed again. Many have openings for breathing, but some do not.
There are several types of face masks that come in disposable ones. A disposable mask includes a disposable face shield and a disposable nose and mouth protector. The disposable shields are made with the same material as disposable gloves. The nose and mouth protector consists of a disposable nasal piece and mouthpiece.
Disposable masks do not contain any kind of cleaning solution, so they must be wiped down with a cloth immediately after use. After use, the cloth can be used to dry out any spills or mucous from the mask. In order to maintain disinfection, the cloth should not be used for more than 24 hours or cleaned with soap and water.
The most common materials used to make disposable face masks are polyurethane and polypropylene. Polyurethane is a popular material because it is lightweight and can be applied several times over an extended period of time without causing any damage to the face. Polypropylene masks typically do not include vents. These masks must be removed after they are used for cleaning and replaced with a new disposable face mask.
Face masks should be clean before every use and sterilized after each use. They should be disposed of properly in a special area in a hospital to prevent the spread of germs and other contaminants.
Disposable face masks should be used only when necessary and only on patients who are healthy. In a hospital environment where the risk of infection is high, the use of these masks is not recommended because the risk of transmission of bacteria is greater with the face mask than with hands.
Face masks should be used by dentists, nurses, medical assistants and other health care professionals who are caring for patients with compromised immune systems. They should also be worn by pregnant women, people with diabetes, HIV patients, and people with weakened immune systems who are at risk for infection.
Face masks can be worn by individuals and families to protect against contagious diseases, which can spread through direct contact with a person who has the disease or another person. Face masks are considered a cost effective and safe way to reduce the risk of illness or infection when using public transportation.