FFP or full-face respirator is a medical breathing apparatus usually worn on the face, under the chin. This type of respirator has an elastic face opening and has two nosepieces, one for each nostril. It has a chin strap with Velcro tie to secure the straps across the face. The FFP surgical mask is designed especially for this type of breathing device. FFP surgical masks have many advantages over conventional full-face respirators.
FFP surgical masks are more comfortable than conventional full-face breathing apparatus because they do not restrict airflow at the mouth. FFP nosepieces allow a greater freedom of movement and comfort compared to a conventional nose mask. FFP nasal masks have a wider range of suction sites and can be used in situations where a traditional nasal mask may not fit, such as for people who are dyspraxic or those who breathe through their mouths. FFP nasal masks have lower and wider airways that are suited for patient care and patient safety. When the patient moves his or her head, the lower part of the airway is drawn up and vice versa; hence, FFP nosepieces allow for greater air movement and increased air hygiene.
A FFP surgical mask can be either closed or open design. Closed design FFP surgical masks have a nosepiece that can be attached behind the ear and secured by Velcro straps over the face. Open design FFP surgical masks have open nostrils. Both designs are available in disposable forms. Velcro straps of both types are easily undone, making it easy to replace if necessary.
FFP nasal masks are made from high quality, durable medical grade plastic which has been specifically impact molded to provide a tight seal with a high degree of comfort. They also feature a low-profile design for reduced muzzle movement when a patient breathes. The medical grade polycarbonate material also provides superior resistance to impact and abrasion. The polycarbonate material used is known for its anti-ultraviolet (UV) protection, which means that no harmful UV rays will affect the medical equipment being used by the doctors or nurses. Aside from that, a FFP nose clip offers convenient and quick removal of the medical mask.
To ensure superior patient care and to further reduce unwanted trauma to the nose, a FFP surgical mask should be worn at all times. During a typical surgical procedure, a patient may experience any of the following: temporary blindness due to lack of oxygen, difficulty breathing due to lack of air pressure in the mask, and ear pain caused by the mask rubbing against the eardrum. All of these are treatable when the patient is wearing a FFP. Another great benefit of wearing a FFP is that it eliminates the need for an anesthesiologist. The FFP simply delivers oxygen to the patient's face and throat without the added stress on an anesthesiologist.
In today's modern medical environment, it is absolutely critical that a surgical technician is properly prepared. A FFP can provide the necessary preparation surgical technician needs. One of the best parts of the FFP is that it is completely custom fit for each patient. The fit of a FFP is such that a scar can never form on a patient's face if the mask is worn properly. FFPs can come in a wide variety of sizes to accommodate most facial structures and to further ensure that they are comfortable for the patient. A FFP may be purchased online or through a retail medical supply store.