A medical mask, also called an oral irrigant, is meant to be worn by medical professionals during medical procedures. It is made up of a variety of components such as an adhesive band for adhesion, polyethylene or polypropylene material to form a plastic or latex tube that is fitted to the face and head, a plastic or silicone bag, a plastic or latex bag that is connected to an air flow source, an applicator or syringe, and an air hose. The tube is connected to a suction outlet on one side and connected to a pump on the other side. The tube is then attached to a mask. The tubing is often placed in an area near the ear for easy cleaning.
A disposable oral irrigant face mask can be used in an emergency and is considered the ideal choice for these situations. In an emergency, a medical face mask can be used to provide immediate and effective care. Some of these devices include the following:
Face mask that is approved by the FDA and meets or exceeds all current recommended standard specifications is considered sterile before the procedure. A sterile medical face mask should be used for every patient, no matter how sick they are. Sterile masks allow for proper treatment of all types of skin-to-skin contact with the patient. They provide comfort while preventing skin irritation and infection. Also, they are less likely to cause a patient’s eyes to water or drool excessively.
When using a face mask the air flow should not pass through the nostrils but rather should be directed at the nose to clear congestion and prevent irritations of the respiratory system. There should be no suction coming from the mouth as this can result in the spread of bacteria and can also irritate the eyes. The mouth should be kept dry when not in use. Use of a mask should never leak.
It is very important to keep the face clean while wearing a face mask. This is because many diseases such as colds, sinusitis, and pneumonia can be spread when contaminated patients come into contact with the patient’s contaminated hands. Skin diseases such as ringworm can also spread via the skin. and mucous membranes when they come in contact with a contaminated face or hands. Skin problems can also occur when an infected patient is allergic to any type of medication or cleaning solution.
When purchasing a face mask, it is important to note that some require two pieces while others are one piece. The most common type is a nose piece and a mouth piece. While one piece masks are most recommended it is also possible to purchase one piece and have the air flow valve and syringe included.