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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
The mycobacterium responsible for the disease called tuberculosis (TB). Mycobacterium tuberculosis is carried on respiratory droplets and can remain aerosolized for relatively long periods of time. Transmission usually occurs through inhalation of infectious droplets and leads to elimination without disease, acute primary TB, accumulation and sustained dormancy/latency, or accumulation and reactivation at some later point. Mycobacteria are usually considered Gram-positive, however, they have a thick, characteristic cell wall, which is distinct in composition and renders them more resistant to the action of chemical disinfectants.
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