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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.

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A rigorous performance test for steam penetration autoclaves. A helix test strip or digital device is “sterilized” in the autoclave as any object would be. The helix test strip or device determines if the pressures obtained during the sterilization cycle and the steam penetration were satisfactory. It provides autoclave users a way of documenting compliance with patient safety and sterility standards. Also known as a Hollow Load Process Challenge Device.
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