A surgical face mask, sometimes called a facial mask, is designed to be worn by medical professionals during surgical procedures. Surgical masks used during surgery to protect the surgeon from contamination and are used for nasal intubation and airway breathing. Surgeons use face masks during open-heart surgery to prevent the risk of bacterial infection and other complications. Face masks are used during cardiopulmonary surgery to prevent the spread of blood and to avoid contamination of the operating room by dust or airborne particles.
Many medical professionals prefer to wear disposable face masks to simplify hygiene and reduce the risk of infection. The disposable face mask should only be worn for one to two hours at a time. The best time to wear a disposable mask is immediately after the procedure or a prescribed time of rest. Face masks should only be worn for the recommended amount of time and for the designated number of hours as directed by the manufacturer.
The nasal guard, often referred to as a snorkel, should also be worn at all times to prevent contamination of the nose and mouth. A nasal guard will prevent larger droplets of blood from falling into the wearer’s nose and mouth. A nasal guard will prevent small droplets of blood from reaching the eyes. If the face mask is used to prevent the entry of a foreign object, it will be very effective. However, if the purpose of wearing the face mask is to prevent the entry of a sick person, a disposable mask may not be the best choice.
A face mask should be properly worn at all times. A good fit is important to protect the health of the wearer. Proper fit is necessary because when air is inhaled through a nose, some of the air will be trapped behind the blockage while some will be breathed in by the nose and mouth. It is when this occurs that a foreign object can enter the body. Therefore, the nose and mouth should be fully blocked when a mask is worn.
When a cloth mask is used, it should be cleaned and maintained regularly. Droplets of saliva that may fall from the mouth and enter the body can cause serious illness. Saliva drips from the mouth, down the throat into the stomach where it causes upset stomachs and digestive problems. A cloth mask must be kept clean and a fresh supply of saliva kept in place.
There are many types of face masks available. Some are disposable and others are worn as daily wear. The type of face mask which is worn the most is the disposable variety. These are used most often in the event of an accidental fall or injury. They come in many different colors to match any outfit and are generally very comfortable. They are also easy to remove and replace making them a good choice for protection against a contaminated environment.