A medical face mask, sometimes called a surgical face mask, is designed to be worn by medical staff during medical care procedures. Surgical masks are designed to prevent infections from spreading in medical staff and treating staff by capturing airborne bacteria and liquid droplets from the face of the wearer. These devices are often used when operating delicate surgical equipment or handling patients with severe respiratory infection. The use of surgical masks has reduced accidental infection and as a result improved hospital care.
Medical staff may use surgical or general public masks during routine operations or when the need arises. General public masks are designed to protect the general public from exposure to infectious respiratory illnesses. They have a short-term effect but do not hinder the daily tasks that they perform. Surgical or general public masks may be used when an infection is spreading, such as when treating patients with influenza. Some pandemic masks also serve this purpose.
Surgical face masks are made from materials that allow the entry of air into the mask. This provides a more thorough protection against airborne bacteria and prevents the droplets from being inhaled by the patient. The materials most commonly used are vinyl and neoprene. Vinyl has been found to have a higher success rate when compared to neoprene. The vinyl is easier to maintain than neoprene, which makes it the best option for cleaning.
The types of masks available vary according to their function. A nose ring, or mucous plug, is worn on the outside of the nose to prevent the build up of mucous, which can cause a runny nose. A face mask, often called a Covid-19, is a device that holds the nose bridge in place. An adjustable nose bone is a valuable device that allows the patient to adjust the position of the bridge so it will not interfere with the patient’s breathing.
Many medical professionals find that they benefit from wearing a nasal and forehead guard called a cannula. A cannula is a thin flexible tube that can be used to collect a large volume of mucous or spit and deliver it back into the chest cavity through the bite area. A nasal deflector is a helpful piece of equipment that reduces the volume of coughs and other irritable nasal symptoms that may occur as a result of post-nasal drip. It reduces the amount of tiny particles that enter the breathing pathways and increases air flow through the nose, preventing blockages and subsequent inflammation.
Some studies have shown that patients who wear surgical face masks help prevent the spread of bacterial infections that can be harmful. Although most bacteria are not dangerous, some are infectious and can cause serious side effects. It has been found that patients who wear a surgical face mask in their surgical treatment have a lower incision infection rate than those who do not wear masks. They also experience fewer dry mouth symptoms when compared to those who do not wear them.