Standard - EconoSafe (2 ply) (SFM-01);Standard - XtraSafe (3 ply) (SFM-02);Standard - XtraSafe Ultra (4 ply) (SFM-03);Cone - EconoSafe (SFM-04);Cone - XtraSafe (with Valve) (SFM-05);Cone - XtraSafe Ultra (with Valve and Carbon) (SFM-06);Folded -EconoSafe (SFM-07);Folded - XtraSafe (with Valve) (SFM-08);Folded - XtraSafe Ultra (with Valve and Carbon) (SFM-09)
Elastic Earloop;Head Elastic;Tie-on
AdvaCare is a CE, ISO and USFDA manufacturer and global supplier of Medical Masks. The StaySafe™ brand of Medical Masks are internationally distributed and recognized for reliable quality and exceptional value. With distribution across developed and developing markets alike, our products are uniquely positioned as the brand of choice for medical professionals.
The primary function of medical masks is to prevent the transmission of contaminants such as bacteria between medical professional and patient. The mask acts as a barrier or filter for the mouth and nose.
The medium in which these contaminations reside include droplets shed from the mouth and aerosols.
The mask is designed to catch droplets emitted from the surgeons’ mouth and nose when operating on a patient. They are not designed to protect the wearer of the mask from inhaling pathogens or contaminations that are airborne.
While not its chief intended purpose, the mask also acts as a physical barrier, protecting the wearer from substances which may be present in a surgical environment. Examples include bodily fluids such as blood and chemical agents used during the surgical procedure.
While the intended consumers for medical masks are medical professionals such as doctors and nurses, masks are commonly used by the general public for limiting the amount of pollution particulates inhaled in the air, mainly in densely populated areas where pollution is concentrated.
Medical masks are designed to be disposed after use – this is to prevent the spread of infection or illnesses that may be transmitted by re-using surgical masks. After use, promptly and safely discarding the surgical mask is the necessary course of action.
Medical masks offered by AdvaCare are available in a range of thicknesses, denoted as 2 ply, 3 ply and 4 ply. 4 ply is the thickest and hence offers the most protection, attributed to the middle filter layer.
There are numerous layers and features of medical masks, each with different applications and uses.
Polypropylene is the most cost effective material. It is lightweight and water resistant. It does not offer a high level of protection, so they should only be worn in low risk environments.
Multi-Layer has a greater level of protection than polypropylene due to its multiple layered structures. It is also non-allergenic and non-stimulating, which translates to increased comfort. Like polypropylene, multi-layer should be reserved for lower risk environments.
Carbon layered masks are made from activated carbon, and works by removing fumes and chemicals. Because of this ability, carbon masks are suited to higher risk environments where there is a high probability that harmful substances may be inhaled.
A filter paper layer is extremely useful for filtering particles which may be harmful if inhaled, such as microbes. This layer is appropriate for higher risk environments where harmful particulates may be breathed in. There are different grades of filtration: FFP1 = 80% particle filtration, FFF2 = 94% particle filtration and FFP3 = 99% particle filtration.
A valve is a mechanism that is equipped to a medical mask to increase the free flow of air, resulting in easier breathing. The valve also assists in reducing the buildup of heat which can occur when the mask is worn for extended periods of time.
In addition to differing layers, the range of medical masks offered by AdvaCare is available in 3 types: standard, cone, and folded. Standard offers the least protection but is the least expensive, cone offers more protection but costs slightly more and the folded mask offers the most protection, but at the highest cost.
Each mask is available in 3 different types of closures, the elastic earloop, head elastic and tie-on. Electing which closure to use is down to personal preference.
Mask selection should be made based on the specific aspects of the procedure, as well as personal preference. The comfort of the medical professional is imperative to ensure the procedure is performed safely.
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Benefits of Medical Masks:
- Variety of materials, each one catering to the different needs of the procedure, the patient, and the wearer;
- Relatively inexpensive, safe to use;
- Elastic earloop, head elastic and tie-on are all convenient for putting on and removal;
- Protects the patient from contracting infections due to inhalation of droplets emitted from the medical professional that may potentially be infectious;
- Medical masks are available in multiple thicknesses, materials and closures, and should be selected accordingly based on requirements of the procedure and personal preference;
- Relatively inexpensive;
- Medical masks are water resistant and sturdy.
Correct positioning of the mask must be ensured, as masks that are not positioned correctly may compromise there protective traits or hinder the comfort of the wearer whilst under extreme pressure, characteristic of a surgery.
It is important that the correct mask material is chosen, for example selecting the activated carbon mask in a high risk environment for example one that is fume/chemical heavy. Failure to do so may result in harm to the patient or medical professional.
Medical masks are positioned over the nose and mouth, and depending on the type of closure, are then fastened and secured into place. It is vital that the correct fit and comfort is attained. Slight adjustments may be necessary in order to achieve this. The wearer is ready for surgical operation.
It is imperative that the medical mask is not used if the packaging or seal is compromised. Evidence of this may suggest tampering or contamination. If one should come across masks inside comprised packaging, the correct course of action is to dispose of it quickly and safely.
- Must prepare the mask for use in a clean, sterile environment, absent of bodily fluids or other sources of contamination;
- Promptly and safely dispose of any masks that have touched a potentially contaminated surface;
- Correct material must be selected according to procedure – high risk procedures require a mask material that offers superior protection, for example the folded medical mask;
- Ensure mask is securely and correctly positioned over the nose and mouth. Poorly fitted masks may compromise their protective abilities.
Medical masks are manufactured using a variety of materials. The materials used in the range offered by AdvaCare are polypropylene, multi-layer, carbon, filter paper and masks that are valve-fitted.