A face mask, also called a sterile medical face mask, is designed to be worn by healthcare professionals during various medical procedures to avoid airborne transmission of infectious diseases in patients and the general treatment process. These masks are often used in emergency rooms to protect the patients from infection while awaiting procedures. Face masks have been used in the healthcare industry for decades due to the need for sterile equipment and the need for protection, to avoid the spread of infections. These masks are often used in surgical procedures and in intensive care units (ICU) to protect the staff from infection. A sterile face mask can either be worn as an additional equipment or attached to the face mask during the procedure to provide better facial care.
There are several precautions that should be taken before wearing these masks. First, it is very important to ensure that you are comfortable and in good breathing capacity prior to wearing a face mask. Take into consideration any breathing issues that you may currently have. If you smoke or have a respiratory issue such as asthma, remember to take your medications in the proper way to avoid an obstruction or breakdown of these items. Next, remember to check with your doctor to ensure that you are able to properly breathe in and out while wearing the face mask.
There have been many instances where individuals in the general public have been adversely affected due to infected surgical or non-surgical equipment. The September 2021 terrorist attacks in New York and the subsequent anthrax attacks in the US brought about a serious increase in infectious disease awareness. As a result, healthcare professionals were more careful in using equipment such as face masks. As a result, the general public began to become more at risk of being infected. In response to this increased risk, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was forced to create guidelines for the safe use of masks that would prevent the transmission of the pandemic virus.
It is important to note that there are three main categories of face masks that are recommended for use in the general public. The first category is disposable face masks. These are custom fit, washable cloth face masks that can be removed and replaced quickly after use. The second type of face mask is called a soft contact lens, also washable, which fits over the nose and mouth.
The third, and most recommended type of face mask are a hard contact lens, which fits over the nose and mouth. The hard contact lens has a built in airtight seal to prevent the virus, bacteria, and other contaminants from entering the wearer’s eyes. While this type of mask does offer higher levels of protection, it does require that the wearer must continually breathe through a tube that goes from the mouth to the back of the head. This method of protection is highly effective but also requires that the wearer constantly remove and replace the lens on a regular basis in order to maintain the level of protection.
As previously mentioned, it is very important to remember that the best way to protect others from getting sick or contaminated is through wearing a face mask when outdoors. However, if the mask is not worn properly or is broken or otherwise malfunctioning, the benefits could be minimal. For example, many people with severe allergies to find that they are unable to enjoy certain activities due to the fact that they are continually sneezing, itching, and in some cases, even vomiting. Thus, proper fit, proper maintenance, and appropriate usage are all keys to enjoying an outdoor lifestyle.