What Is A Face Mask?
A medical face mask, also referred to as an anesthetic face mask, is specifically designed to be used by medical professionals during medical procedures. During these procedures the wearer’s nose, mouth and cheeks are covered in order to reduce discomfort and to prevent blood from flowing into the esophagus. This can also help prevent bleeding. The mask will provide some level of airway protection, but it does not completely block it. As a result there are risks involved with wearing one.
First, the mask must fit properly. It must not be too tight or too loose. If it is too loose it could come off easily and create an airway blockage. If it is too tight then the wearer may not be able to breathe comfortably or may experience pain and irritation. It should also fit comfortably over the entire head and neck without any gaps, bulges or gaps.
A face mask that is too large can cause problems in breathing by restricting the airflow to one side of the head. This can result in a feeling of suffocation or even death if the mask was placed too tightly. If the mask fits loosely, it can result in discomforting sensations, which can be uncomfortable to wear for a prolonged period of time.
Also a face mask should not be too thick or too thin. This is not only uncomfortable but also restricts air flow and makes breathing difficult. A thinner mask restricts air flow by allowing more air to pass through it. This can result in dizziness, vomiting, nausea and in extreme cases unconsciousness. It is also important to choose the correct size. Many face masks are sold in different sizes so that the wearer can easily adjust the size as needed. Many times this can be done easily when the mask is new, but when a mask has been worn for some time it is necessary to use the measurements provided in the manual or in the packaging provided with the mask to make sure that the mask will fit properly.
When selecting a face mask, it is important that the manufacturer provides directions for cleaning and maintenance. This will ensure that it remains safe for use and will help keep it from becoming too brittle. worn down over time. These instructions can be found on the manufacturer’s site as well as in many medical literature.
After a patient has worn a face mask and used it for an extended period of time, the mask should be washed and disinfected before using it again. This can be done in a special disinfection solution or by placing the mask in hot water and rinsing thoroughly with hot water. This helps to remove any bacteria and other germs that may have remained behind after the treatment has been completed.