A surgical face mask, sometimes called an antibacterial face mask, is designed to be worn by medical professionals during surgical procedures. Such masks are designed to prevent infections from spreading in surgical staff and treating patients by capturing airborne bacteria and droplets on the patient’s face and mouth. A surgical face mask contains a variety of components which are designed to perform various tasks and maintain the sterile environment necessary for surgical procedures. It also helps reduce or eliminate the smell from the surgical site.
A variety of pathogens can grow in or on the skin, including bacteria and viruses. These can cause serious and often life-threatening reactions if not contained or protected. A surgical face mask that is worn correctly can prevent some of these problems from occurring. Surgeons are able to wear protective face masks to protect themselves from; transmission of viruses, direct contact with infectious organisms, allergic reactions to prescribed medications and blood borne pathogens, among others.
Viruses spread from one person to another through close physical contact. Some of the most common ways to spread viruses are through the transfer of infected body fluids, including blood, sweat, semen and other secretions. In addition, some viruses can spread from one person to another by means of non-sexual methods such as coughing or sneezing. These methods of spreading viruses are often quick and easy to do and can easily be forgotten after the fact. The possibility of spreading a virus through unsanitary practices in a hospital is high, therefore surgeons need to use all available resources to stop the spread of viruses and infectious agents.
A surgical face mask functions by preventing the escape of bacteria and other airborne particles on the face and mouth. These particles are trapped by the mesh and are prevented from circulating around the patient’s head. This prevents the spread of germs and other harmful organisms that may enter the patient’s system through the skin. It also provides protection against small particles of dust, which are often found on the patients’ bedclothes and pillows.
The six feet to twelve feet length of the surgical mask can be used to cover the nose and mouth. Masks can be made from vinyl, foam or neoprene. Vinyl has the advantage of being flexible, lightweight and durable while still being able to provide excellent air ventilation. Foam and neoprene can be custom fit and the six feet is a good amount of space for a sick person to move around while wearing the mask.
Face masks work best when they are designed for the specific person who will be using it. Research the different designs available so that the mask will work best for the individual. When using face masks in emergency care, it is important for medical professionals to ensure that they are certified to use these devices. Face masks may seem unimportant, but the lives they save are of great importance.