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2/12/2016

Halyard Health’s Surgical Masks Addresses Today’s Healthcare Needs

The mask packaging is clearly labelled with the level of protection according to the ASTM International Standard.

Wearing a face mask that does not have a fluid-resistance rating may leave one inadequately protected whilst performing procedures that generate splashes or sprays of blood, body fluids, secretions or excretions.

Concentration of viruses circulated in the blood can reach up to 10,000 viruses/ ml for HIV, 1 million/ ml for Hepatitis C, and up to 10 trillion/ ml for Hepatitis B?1 What is particularly worrisome is that a clinical trial confirms that these potentially contaminated blood drops strike the head and neck of operating theatre staff more than 25 per cent of the time during surgery2.

Further, a clinical study confirms that more than 90 per cent of the time, surgeons, who are focused on their patients, are unaware that they have been struck by contaminated fluids3. This fact alone underscores the importance of surgeons having access to the right mask to protect themselves.

How can one be sure about getting the protection one needs?

To make it easier to select the right level of mask protection, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) developed mask labelling based on test performance criteria. Within the ASTM International Standard, there are three categories of protection, with Level 1 representing the lowest level of protection and Level 3 representing the highest level. For fluid resistance, masks are required to withstand a pressure of 80 mmHg in order to meet the Level 1 criteria, 120 mmHg to meet the Level 2 criteria and 160 mmHg to achieve a Level 3 rating.

The ASTM International Standard requires that face mask packaging has a graphic display that clearly states the mask’s performance level. Masks that do not have this graphic display cannot be assumed to be fluid-resistant.

Put safety first

Halyard Health (formerly Kimberly-Clark Health Care) makes it easy to put safety first. Halyard has a full range of fluid-resistant procedure and surgical masks that meet and in some cases exceed the ASTM International Standard. All Halyard’s mask packaging are clearly labelled with the level of protection (Level 1, 2 or 3) according to the ASTM International Standard. This simplifies the process of mask selection and will help make sure that one is appropriately protected for the fluid risk that may be present.

Source: Express Healthcare