A surgical face mask, sometimes called an operating mask, is designed to be worn by medical staff during medical procedures. It is a sterile medical device that is used for protection during surgery. Surgeons are not allowed to touch the patients’ faces while they are under general anesthesia. Surgeons instead use gloves, masks or goggles to protect their face and mouth from infection. Surgeons often need to make a small incision to expose the patient’s nasal passages to the surgeon, as well as insert nasal tubes or catheters into the nose. The operation usually involves tightening of the face mask to keep it in place and covering the mouth with surgical gloves or masks to keep the mouth and face clean.
An important characteristic of a good face mask is that it can provide air circulation to help prevent the spread of infections. The skin on the face can collect a lot of sweat, especially when there is fever or any kind of illness. This kind of environment promotes the growth of bacteria and fungi that can cause infection. Surgical nurses wear face masks that fit tightly over their entire face to ensure good air circulation. The fabric used should allow the patient to breathe easily and remove excessive sweat before leaving the hospital.
There are different types of face masks available for the public to choose from. Patients who have a cold or flu may require them during their stay at the hospital. There are face masks that prevent the spread of airborne viruses like the common cold or the flu. The most popular are the full face masks that cover the nose, cheeks, eyes and mouth. Patients who have a cough also wear a face mask similar to a cough suppressant.
Different studies show that wearing these kinds of devices in hospitals can help prevent the spread of uncomplicated illnesses such as strep throat. A study conducted by the University of Minnesota found that people who wear facial masks when they are sick are less contagious to others. Those who wear ordinary masks are more likely to transmit the virus. The same theory is applied to the common cold. Wearing facial masks during an uncomplicated cold can therefore prevent common illnesses.
Some face masks have special features like water-resistance, sweat blocking, anti-bacterial properties and anti-fungal properties. Some materials that can resist bacteria and viruses are cotton, polyester, and vinyl. The materials used for making the filters also vary based on the purpose of the device. For example, a respirator has to have better quality than a normal mask especially if it is being worn by a medical professional.
Aside from respiratory issues, there are several skin care concerns about using face masks. Some masks to block the release of oxygen and other essential nutrients from the skin and therefore cause dryness and other skin conditions. For these reasons, you must choose the appropriate type of mask and apply them according to the recommended application method.