A medical facial mask, otherwise known as an endoscopic face mask is specially designed to be used by medical professionals during endoscopic procedures. Endoscopic masks are designed to avoid bacteria from reaching patients and healing staff by capturing bacteria shed from the wearer’s nose and mouth and droppings when inhaled.
Endoscopes are devices designed to help doctors see inside the human body by inserting a thin tube into the rectum or throat. The endoscope has a camera attached that can be controlled through the computer and viewed on screen or a video monitor. It is an instrument that requires special care to avoid infection while being used.
During an endoscopy, a disposable face mask is placed around the endoscope to protect the eye and nasal passages from mucus and other debris that may be trapped in the endoscope and its camera. This device does not allow the mucus or debris to leak through to the eye or nasal area causing infection. Infections during an endoscopic procedure can range from simple cuts to serious complications such as perforation of the sinuses.
There are several types of endoscope masks available. Some masks are specifically designed for use with an endoscope. These are referred to as endoscopic face masks. Other masks are designed to protect the eyes and nose while the endoscope is used.
The nose, mouth and eye area must be protected at all times, even when the endoscope is in use. These areas must also be kept dry and clean to avoid bacteria from entering the eye.
A doctor will need to keep the nose, mouth and eye area in a sterile environment so that the endoscope does not come into contact with saliva and any mucous. It is also important to clean the endoscope thoroughly after use to reduce the risk of infection.
An endoscope face mask should be worn by medical personnel need not wear sterile gloves when handling the instrument. Gloves can get caught on the endoscope and may cause contamination if not washed after each use.
While wearing a face mask, the patient should be aware of what they are doing. When performing an endoscopy or other procedure, it is best to remain still and avoid moving. Doing so may cause irritation to the nose and mouth or interfere with the vision of the endoscope.
An endoscope mask is an important part of a medical team. Proper care and maintenance will ensure it is effective and can be used properly.