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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
A skin reaction that is caused by exposure to one of the components of natural rubber latex. Latex allergy has three components which may, but usually do not, occur in any single sensitized person: irritant dermatitis, delayed (type IV) hypersensitivity, and immediate (type I) hypersensitivity. In the general population, latex allergy occurs in as many as 5% of people and up to 20% in health care workers and those with repeated, heavy exposure to latex. The immediate (type I) hypersensitivity can be life-threatening if severe and untreated.
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