A surgical face mask, also called a medical facial mask, is designed to be worn by medical professionals during surgical care. Surgical masks designed for these purposes are designed to keep the surgeon and other health care professionals from being infected with airborne pathogens while handling patients. Surgeons wear these protective masks while operating on patients; they also are used by the other medical professionals who work around the patient. The design of a surgical face mask is very simple, consisting simply of a thin piece of plastic placed over the eyes and nose, with a mouthpiece that is attached to the mask. This device provides an airtight seal against outside particles and the wearer can breathe normally.
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While some masks offer easy ways to clean and maintain their effectiveness, many are constructed so that they cannot be cleaned without breaking the seal. Cleaning these devices can be difficult, as they tend to accumulate a large amount of sweat, hair, skin oil and bacteria. As well, since the mouthpieces cannot be taken off when they need to be washed, they become breeding grounds for various diseases such as E. Coli and Salmonella, both of which are serious conditions. As a result, some people choose to wipe their faces with paper towels instead of removing the device to clean their faces. This is especially true if their work requires them to attend multiple functions or events on the same day.
Masks must meet certain requirements in order to be sold for public use in hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities. They need to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Masks that have been approved by the FDA will typically display a medical or standard symbol on their labels. These symbols will indicate to consumers that the device meets the minimal safety requirements required by public health officials. The FDA does not test these products for ability to resist infectious agents, such as bacteria and viruses, so people using these masks will not be able to protect themselves from these agents.
Masks also need to meet requirements for use by healthcare workers. For these individuals, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends that healthcare workers wear protective face shields at all times while they perform work tasks. These workers include nurses, dentists, doctors and emergency personnel. According to the NIOSH, a mask can prevent the entry of blood or other matter from entering the patient’s eyes or nasal passages. In the case of a dental procedure, dental workers would also be prevented from coming in contact with objects that could break off and enter the patient’s mouth.
However, even with the protection provided by a disposable face shield, healthcare workers should still be wary about the materials used to manufacture the mask. Often disposable masks can leak and create a suffocation hazard. For this reason, healthcare workers are encouraged to wear multiple layers of disposable face shields. One layer should be sufficient enough to prevent the entry of blood and other matter, while multiple layers can add more air space between the mask and the skin. With this extra air, it is less likely that the mask will be pulled off, reducing the risk of choking and other serious hazards.