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Face Masks and Safety Goggles

Surgical face masks protect all members of the healthcare team and patients from inhaling contaminated aerosol. The effectiveness of surgical face mask lies in their filtration performance, which is only possible when the edges of the mask fit snuggly against the face. Multilayer surgical face masks are especially safe, as they can be fitted and adjusted by means of a flexible bar in the nose area. The mask must be replaced when there is a likely contamination or after becoming moist.

Safety goggles and visors help protect the eyes from blood particles, pieces of tissue, and other infectious materials. It is important that the goggles cover the sides. Goggles need to provide distortion-free and non-restrictive peripheral vision. Visors are suited especially for wearers of glasses. Even when visors cover the entire face, masks must be worn. Safety goggles and visors should be cleaned with a surface disinfectant after every treatment.

Infection Control Term of the Day
Medical devices that are introduced directly into normally sterile compartments of the body, that penetrate the skin or mucous membrane and come in contact with blood and tissue (including wounds). The designation indicates the potential for the devices to introduce pathogenic microorganisms into “clean” body tissues or fluids or to transfer disease from the patient to the health care personnel. Surgical instruments are critical medical devices as are coronary artery stents, for example. Reprocessing of critical medical devices requires strict sterilization in order to protect the patient as well as health care personnel.
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