A medical mask, or more formally known as an operative face mask is designed for use by healthcare professionals during surgical procedures. It is typically designed to help prevent infection in healthcare workers and treating staff by capturing airborne bacteria and liquid droppings from the patient’s mouth and nostrils. These masks are also designed to minimise the chances of misting from aerosolized liquid coming into contact with the face and eyes, which can irritate the skin.
The main benefit of wearing this kind of mask is that it protects healthcare workers from contamination during and after a surgical procedure. It can be especially useful in emergency situations and in treating people who are unconscious or who have suffered from an injury or trauma. There are two main kinds of surgical masks available to healthcare workers. There are disposable face masks that must be changed daily while there are also disposable surgical masks that require replacement only when they are used.
Another benefit of wearing a face mask is that it can reduce the risk of cross-contamination of patients. For example, when using disposable surgical masks it is important to wash them after the procedure. This is because most medical professionals use sterile instruments and syringes and so any bacteria that might have been transferred through contaminated tools could end up in the patient’s eyes. It is also important to wear disposable face masks during and immediately following surgery in order to remove any skin moisture that might get onto the instruments that were used.
Disposable surgical masks also offer an added layer of protection for healthcare workers against the effects of ultraviolet (UV) light. This type of light has been known to damage the outer layers of the epidermis leading to premature ageing and other skin diseases.
Surgical masks are often used in conjunction with special face protection equipment such as goggles, gloves, and masks. The most common equipment used in the production of these surgical masks is latex. Latex is also commonly used in the manufacture of rubber gloves. Latex is made from a natural rubber tree and has the advantage that it is extremely strong, impermeable and breathable.
Latex masks are commonly used in combination with disposable surgical masks or surgical goggles. However, there are different types of latex that are suitable for different applications. For example, latex used in the production of gloves has a protective coating that allows it to provide a high level of comfort.