A face mask, or an oral irrigator, is designed specifically for use by medical professionals during medical procedures. It is designed to keep infected patients and staff members from becoming severely ill by capturing bacteria shed from the patient’s mouth and nose and by capturing fluid droplets and droppings from the patient’s mouth. The term ‘face mask’ derives from the shape that is created when a saline solution is applied to the patient’s face and neck, allowing the fluid and droppings to drain away from the mouth and nose through a tube on the mask. Oral irrigators are often used during surgical procedures.
The oral irrigator has evolved considerably over the years. The face masks of the past usually consisted of a clear plastic piece with an attached air pump to force air into the fluid and droppings from the nose. This was the standard design for oral irrigators, although some newer devices today can have an attached humidifier to keep the fluid in the mouth at the proper level, while also helping to maintain a moist environment.
Today, face masks come in a variety of designs and materials, including the traditional face mask and disposable masks that are available for patients who have medical conditions that may require constant contact with the sterile equipment. The face masks that are disposable may have a protective liner that is used for preventing the spread of germs or bacteria. They are made from different types of fabric that will absorb any moisture and prevent skin irritation and infection.
These disposable face masks are also used as treatment aftercare after surgery. They are placed over the surgical site for the first 24 hours of the procedure in order to absorb any fluids that may be secreted during the surgery. They are then removed and disposed of after the procedure. Because disposable face masks allow for the removal of any bacteria that could have been present during the procedure, they are a safer choice than the face masks that may have been used in the past.
Because the face masks are so important for a medical professional’s health and safety, they can be costly. Most of the time, these face masks are made from materials such as plastic and nylon that are less expensive than surgical gloves. This is because these materials are less likely to be contaminated. However, if the face mask is being reused for another patient or is an office supply, a disposable face mask may be purchased.
There are several options for disposing of the disposable face masks. They may be disposed of in a normal trash container, thrown away into the trash, or flushed down a toilet if the container is plastic, disposable face masks may be incinerated using a high-pressure water jet or vacuumed by the use of a powerful vacuum cleaner. When used as postoperative treatments, the face masks may also be sterilized in a medical facility.