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face mask

1. A barrier device used in infection control to prevent health care providers from breathing or coughing on patients. It is also employed to prevent patients' sneezes and sputum from making contact with the health care provider's face or eyes or from being inhaled.
2. A device that covers the mouth, nose, or both of a patient who requires positive-pressure, noninvasive ventilation or continuous positive pressure-ventilation (CPAP).
See also: mask

Face mask

The simplest way of delivering a high level of oxygen to patients with ARDS or other low-oxygen conditions.


1. the anterior aspect of the head from the forehead to the chin, inclusive.
2. any presenting aspect or surface.

face fly
Muscaautumnalis, a vector for infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis in the USA.
face louse
face mask
used in the semi-open method of anesthesia which ensures that all of the inspired air and gas passes through a mask and is exited to the atmosphere. Several patent masks are available for use in animals, e.g. Cox and Schimmelbush masks.
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Bird droppings are considered to be hazardous waste and special bio-suits and filter masks are for those charged with the removal of bird waste.
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Dust masks cost no more than TL 20-30, while miners in countries such as Germany are reportedly provided with high-quality filter masks that cost between TL 200 and one million.
The plant was constantly full of fine particles; few workers wore filter masks, and within a few years signs of lung cancer appeared.
Special bio-suits and filter masks need to be worn by those charged with the removal of bird waste.
These included the use of masks (particulate filter masks were recommended), gowns, gloves, eye protection and where possible, patients with SARS were to be nursed in negative pressure rooms with the doors closed.
Their lower faces hidden by green filter masks, it was a scene more from science fiction than a street in a Manchester suburb.