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surgical mask

A single-use filtration device made of fabric and wornover the nose and mouth of surgical staff to prevent contamination of the operative field and to protect the wearer from splashes and splatter.
See also: mask
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Dr Sadashiv Bangera, CEO of Thumbay clinics told Gulf News: "Along with hand sanitisers and disposable tissues, we offer disposable surgical masks to patients in all 10 of our clinics in Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujarah and other emirates.
"We realized that we could use that to our advantage to improve surgical masks," says Choi.
Joe Palomo, engineering manager in Global Engineering and Tech Support at Cardinal Health, added: "The filtration tests for surgical masks are not as stringent as surgical N95 respirators.
The surgical masks are to help breathing while the milk is recommended by physicians to help clear the throat.
A cross-sectional study was conducted to assess the bacterial and fungal contamination on 230 used surgical masks (Face mask earloop 3 Ply US FDA 510 K) from 214 hospital personnel.
Surgical masks were designed to protect open wounds from germs in the droplets of mucus that come out of doctors' mouths when they cough, sneeze and breathe.
The new research by the University of Maryland School of Public Health also found that when flu patients wear a surgical mask, the release of virus in even the smallest airborne droplets can be significantly reduced.
I wear the blue surgical masks at the moment, but even them, I have discovered, let the hairs through.
To the Editor: We report results of the effect of inactivated seasonal influenza vaccination on risk of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 in a cohort of nurses in Canada who participated in a recent randomized controlled trial that compared the effectiveness of surgical masks with that of N95 respirators in preventing influenza (1).
The new analysis of results from an Australian and Chinese study that compared the efficacy of N95 respirators and surgical masks in blocking transmission of influenza and other viruses to health care workers showed that the relatively expensive and uncomfortable respirators were not significantly better than surgical masks for preventing transmission, Holly Seale, Ph.D., reported at the annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).
A standard test is the Bacteria Filtration Efficiency test (BFE) that categorizes surgical masks as low, moderate and high efficiency--typically 95%, 99%, or better than 99% efficiency with a corresponding resistance to air flow or breathability.