An operating mask, also referred to as a medical surgical face mask is designed to be worn only by qualified medical personnel during health care procedures. Surgical masks are designed to prevent bacteria from entering the airways of patients and potentially infecting other personnel and patients by capturing airborne bacteria and liquid droplets from the patient’s mouth and respiratory system.
Many medical facilities have implemented a strict policy for wearing masks, which includes proper cleaning and disinfection after each use. When choosing an operating mask, you should pay attention to the safety and effectiveness it provides for you and your colleagues. The three primary components of an operating mask are: the face mask itself, the air filter, and the air supply.
The face mask is the most important piece of protective gear that you will wear during an operation. The face mask is equipped with a polyethylene mouthpiece that is used to provide protection from any sharp object that may impact upon your face while you perform certain facial surgeries. The mask is generally closed at the chin area, but in some cases it may be open to the neck or even the mouth. This design allows for a more even distribution of air pressure throughout the mask.
The air filter on the face mask is a secondary filter and performs a number of functions. It is used to ensure that the patient’s breathing remains comfortable and safe and to control the amount of bacteria entering the airways of patients. The air filter is typically fitted on the mask by the dentist prior to surgery. However, you can purchase a pre-made air filter at your local drugstore or pharmacy. The pre-made air filters that are available can be fitted and reused without the need for the dentist.
The air filter is connected to the mask through a line that runs from the face mask to the air supply. The air supply is responsible for providing air for all the patients, while also ensuring that no bacteria will enter the airways of patients and personnel. The air that is supplied into the air supply is filtered and tested, to ensure that it does not contain bacteria. before being distributed throughout the entire hospital or clinic. You may also notice a light blue indicator on the face mask to indicate whether or not it is supplying enough air, indicating that it needs more oxygen.
In addition to the face mask and the air filter, you should also take the time to thoroughly clean your hands prior to each and every procedure. The air and water filters may require a thorough cleaning before you wear them during any procedure.