A medical face mask, also referred to as an oxygen mask, is designed to be worn only by medical professionals during medical procedures. These masks are designed to prevent air leaks in patients and other treating staff by capturing mucous, droplets and bacteria dropped in patients’ mouths and nose by the wearer. An oxygen mask is typically worn during an oxygen therapy session where a patient is under medical treatment and requires supplemental oxygen.
Medical professionals wear these masks in order to provide their patients with a safe and adequate supply of air. These masks are often provided to patients before the onset of severe diseases like lung infection or pneumonia. These masks can also be used by doctors and nurses to provide supplemental oxygen to patients who have been unconscious for too long, those with cardiac problems and those with respiratory conditions like asthma.
Most medical professionals will wear these masks during their daily activities such as attending to patients, operating medical equipment and washing their hands. However, some hospitals and medical facilities also provide their employees with this type of mask during their shifts. It is also common to see a physician or nurse wearing these masks during their shift at the emergency room or the operating room. Some doctors prefer to have their patients wearing these masks during their overnight stays so that if any kind of an emergency arises, they can immediately assess the situation and give immediate attention to the patient.
When choosing which type of mask to purchase for medical professionals, it is important to take note of the manufacturer’s instructions. Most masks are designed to fit properly over the mouth and nose of the wearer and should be tight enough to prevent the airway from becoming obstructed. Patients should not wear masks made of flimsy material because these may cause discomfort to the face, resulting to a bad night’s sleep.
A variety of types of face masks can be purchased to cater to the needs of medical professionals and patients. One type of face mask, which is especially designed for patients undergoing surgery and breathing through the nose is called a nasal mask. Patients wearing these types of masks are typically instructed to maintain a clear airway and breathe through their noses while they are in the operating room. This type of mask allows patients to breathe through their nostrils even when they are in the operating room and while breathing through a mask on their faces.
There are also other types of face masks that are worn during various procedures and used during sports and athletic activities. One example is the use of the face shield, which provides an airtight seal so that the patient’s face remains dry after they remove their masks after being in contact with the air for a short period. These are also used in high school and college sports.