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Profile: maseczki A medical mask, also called an oral or facial mask, is supposed to be worn by medical professionals in health care settings. It's designed to reduce inhalation of bacteria and droplets in the atmosphere by capturing airborne bacteria which are shed in the mouth and nostrils of the wearer and capturing them in a protective covering.
There are many different forms of medical masks available and are used by a variety of medical professionals. Some of the common uses for medical masks include providing protection to the respiratory system and eyes from infectious disease and minimizing exposure to contaminated equipment.
The many diverse materials used to create medical masks vary from latex to silicon. Latex masks have long been a preferred material by many medical professionals for their ability to resist bacteria and other contaminants while maintaining adequate ventilation. But while they are resistant to infections and contaminants, latex masks can deteriorate and may not provide adequate ventilation or are too thin. While they are stronger than many other types of medical mask materials, they are not ideal for extended periods of use.
Polystyrene, also known as Styrofoam or High-Density Silicon, is a fairly new sort of medical mask material. This sort of mask is like a plastic container, which is generally made of a high density foam which has an airtight seal when stuffed with medical waste and placed within the hospital.
Styrofoam is normally thick enough to prevent germs from entering the individual 's respiratory system and is designed in such a way that air can be pumped through the mask quickly. Because it is not thick, it's also able to move around freely, keeping the nose clean and the mouth dry and avoiding contamination from the individual 's sneezing, coughing or breathing heavily. They are more expensive than other medical mask substances but have shown to be an effective choice for hospital employees.
Silicone is a natural product and therefore will not degrade over time like other materials. It has a water-resistant covering and can be easily molded into any shape or form, making it very versatile. for use in medical environments. However, it is much less easily cleaned as other substances and requires frequent replacement or specialist cleaning.
Since these masks are designed for use by healthcare employees, they need to be cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis to help keep the patient and staff protected. This should be done by a trained professional using antibacterial solutions, which is usually included in any equipment bought by the hospital or medical facility.
Cleaning is easy since the substances are nonporous and there are no chemicals used to wash them. In cases of excessive wear, like in the case of prolonged hospital work hours, it's important to wash the mask often to prevent contamination and ensure a new infection-free atmosphere.
To disinfect the mask, sanitizer solutions should be poured into a spray bottle and allowed to soak in the foam. The solution should then be allowed to sit for thirty minutes, so it doesn't soak into the mask but rather into the skin beneath. After the sanitizer has been applied, it's important to rinse the mask off completely with clean water to remove any residual sanitizer.
Cleaning masks in the hospital can be a pain for the staff members, but if done correctly can prevent infections and reduce costs by protecting the employees and patients from contaminants which can infect them. Even a very simple solution of one cup of bleach diluted in two quarts of water is sufficient to effectively disinfect and sterilize the mask, preventing it from spreading bacteria and potentially causing a severe infection.
Although sanitizing is very important besides the obvious reason of preventing contamination, the mask itself may also need sanitizing to remove food, drink or other substance that can get into the air during use. For instance, if there are patients who are in and out of the room during the course of this day, the mask can frequently become contaminated during their usage. Cleaning this region of the mask with a bleach solution provides a clean-air space that prevents contamination and allows the air to flow freely. Bleach solutions can also be used to sanitize tools and instruments in the room, as well as clean up droppings from staff and patients.