A medical surgical mask, sometimes referred to as a medical face shield, is a personal protective gear worn by medical professionals during medical procedures. Designed to be tight-fitting and leak-proof, this full body protection is the newest innovation in emergency medical services and has helped make the difference between life and death situations. Surgeons and other medical staff use these masks when performing various types of operations. During surgery, they must maintain a sterile, germ-free and free-flowing field of work area; keeping this area clean and sterile will prevent infection from spreading to other parts of the hospital and even to the patient.
Medical surgical masks can be worn on their own or be attached to a mask gas-tight fitting unit. There are many reasons why a medical surgical mask may be used together with a gas mask. These include the need for fluid resistance (which may also be needed when operating a delicate medical device such as a heart pacemaker or suction device), for increased airway diameter, to maintain mouth and nose breathing and for optimal facial appearance. Masks that are worn with a gas mask have an added benefit of helping increase airway clearance due to the increased air flow. A full face shield is often designed to keep the wearer comfortable and calm during the procedure while performing tasks including suctioning, draining accumulated fluid or blood, changing anesthetic and more.
These disposable medical masks come in many different styles and are made with either cloth or vinyl. Both styles provide excellent protection, but the vinyl has been found to be more comfortable. The fabrics also do not shed bacteria and allergens and offer superior moisture management.
The inner layer cloth of disposable medical masks is usually made of hypoallergenic material that does not cause irritation of sensitive skin. It is frequently resistant to abrasion and tearing, which makes it an excellent choice for use in any position of the patient's face. Many disposable medical surgical masks also include a specially designed airtight seal. This seal prevents contaminants from entering the wearer's nasal passages. It also provides superior nasal coverage and greater airway coverage than most canister type filters.
A medical surgical mask typically includes two pieces of equipment: a nose clip and a chin strap. The nose clip fits inside the mouth to secure the mask in place and can be adjusted by the wearer for increased ventilation. There are many non-woven fabric options available in both traditional and non-conventional shapes and sizes. Some are zippered and some are closed and are designed to slip over the entire head to eliminate blocking of the nasal passageway.
For maximum benefit, it is recommended that you select your own reusable disposable masks. By ensuring that you purchase a medical surgical mask that is perfect for your own needs and fits comfortably, you will ensure that your mask will serve you well throughout your surgical procedure and will help you achieve a successful outcome. Your health is too important to put into the hands of another.