An artificial face mask, also called a face shield, is generally meant for medical professionals during certain medical procedures. It’s designed to protect against infections and treating staff and patients by capturing the saliva and other airborne bacteria shed by the wearer and thus preventing infection from spreading from one patient to another. A face mask should be used during all procedures with patients present; it’s not recommended for procedures where no patients will be present, or where only a small group of people are involved.
An artificial face shield is worn over a patient’s mouth and nose, while a doctor or technician apply an ointment, or drops of liquid onto the skin or into the patient’s mouth. The face shield prevents contamination in case a patient sneezes during the application of the ointment. When droplets of liquid are released from the patient’s nose, saliva will accumulate on the face mask and cause the droplet to land on the medical technician’s face. The droplet will be drawn into the mouth by the mask and the moisture can then get into the air, potentially infecting the ointment.
These masks have been widely used in hospitals and other medical devices for decades. However, the FDA has begun to regulate the use of these masks due to the rising concern about infections and the possibility of transmission of diseases. As a result, manufacturers have come up with a variety of new types of face shields that do not allow for the transfer of bacteria and thus do not allow for infections to spread through the use of these products.
Artificial face shields are designed to fit over the entire face, including around the eyes, the nose, the mouth, and the chin. Each model is made to fit differently, depending on the type of exposure that it provides to the air. Some models are made in such a way that they fit snugly in the mouth and face, while others are more flexible and allow for the skin to breath. Some come in full-face masks with a chin strap and straps around the jaw to help maintain the right fit, while others use straps to hold them down to the neck. This makes it easier for the wearer to keep his or her head in a secure position, especially when breathing, and keeps droplets of saliva from entering the mouth and being drawn into the air.
Since there are so many different types of masks to choose from, medical device manufacturers have created their own version of each product. Some manufacturers offer more expensive models than others. While some manufacturers focus on providing more protection, some are concerned with the comfortability of the product and will not offer any type of ventilation or air ventilation at all. Others will only offer ventilation if the patient is using the product regularly, such as during a dental procedure.
While face shields will protect against infections and transmission of infections to the user, there is still the chance that a person could get a cut or puncture if they accidentally rub themselves with one. Since most are designed for medical purposes, there is also a chance that the face shield could accidentally come loose, causing bacteria to leak into the air and onto the surface of the face. These products can be very useful in these situations, but there are still risks involved when using these devices and so caution must be taken.