A medical face mask, also called a hospital face mask, is designed to be worn by medical staff during medical care procedures. Medical face masks are designed to prevent infection in medical staff and preventing contamination of eye drops and droppers by capturing bacteria shed by the wearer’s mouth and nose by collecting in liquid drops and aerosols from his or her mouth. The use of these devices in hospitals has significantly reduced the number of infection-related hospital admissions. As well as reducing the risk of infections, hospital staff can use the devices in conjunction with other safety equipment to provide protection from harmful temperature fluctuations and high levels of humidity.
Face masks are usually worn as disposable masks that are specially made for every patient, according to their size and shape. These may be worn during routine operations such as cleaning and sterilizing but they may also be required to be worn in emergencies when other, more suitable, face shields are not available. Face masks are normally worn on the entire face, covering the nose and mouth. They may be made of soft plastic, latex or foam. When worn, they should cover all angles of the face including the corners and the jaw line.
Medical face masks should not cause any discomfort to the wearer. They should fit well and should be comfortable to wear. The size of the device and the shape and density of the materials used will determine how much comfort it provides. They are often worn while operating surgical equipment and lasers.
Face masks are made up of materials that are durable against abrasion, cracking, chipping and fading. Soft plastic, vinyl, and breathable material are usually used in making the cloth face mask. There are different types of face masks. One type is used during CPR and first aid; this is called a breather face mask. A breather face mask should be worn during an emergency, where breathing is difficult due to cold, a fever or any other medical condition that makes it difficult to breathe.
Inhalers or nasal masks can prevent the spread of contagious diseases. It prevents the spread of bacteria and viruses through the air and it is easy to remove if the need arises. When used as preventative measures, they help reduce the risks of infections and they can be easily taken off and worn again if the situation demands it. Some of the infectious diseases that spread through the air include influenza, herpes, shingles, lice, pollen, and many others. Breather or nasal face masks to prevent the spread of these by reducing the amount of air movement through the mouth when the wearer coughs, laughs or tries to clear the throat.
Face masks may contain ingredients that are designed for some purposes and not for others. Masks may contain oil-based ingredients to moisturize the skin, water-based to keep the skin hydrated, protein based to plump up the skin, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal to prevent the spread of germs, and sun-screening to protect the skin from exposure to harmful UV rays. The types of ingredients in face masks that are listed above are designed for certain skin types. A product may contain one or more ingredients but each one will provide different benefits to the skin type for which it is intended.