Understanding facial protection: What to know and what to wear

Overview

Originally, face masks were designed to minimize the risk of wound infection for surgical patients by preventing the spread of microorganisms expelled from the nose and mouth of operating room (OR) personnel. Today, confronted with the challenges of new and drug-resistant pathogens, facial protection devices are used in the perioperative practice setting to protect health care workers from a variety of potential bloodborne and inhalation hazards. Furthermore, the proper use of facial protection devices is a key component in the implementation of Standard Precautions in the OR.

The purpose of this continuing nursing education activity is to provide a review of the clinical considerations regarding the appropriate selection and use of facial protection devices in various surgical practice settings. It will provide an overview of the health hazards inherent to the perioperative environment. The various types of facial protection devices available today will be reviewed, followed by a discussion of the relevant regulations and professional recommendations for both the manufacture and use of facial protection devices. Finally, criteria for appropriate selection and use of facial protections devices will be outlined.

 

Objectives

Upon completion of this continuing education activity, the participant should be able to:

  1. Identify the various occupational health hazards inherent to the surgical practice setting.
  2. Describe the types of facial protection devices available today and their components.
  3. List the regulations governing the manufacture and performance standards of facial protection devices.
  4. Discuss pertinent regulations and professional recommendations regarding the use of facial protection in the OR.
  5. Identify key criteria in the selection and use of facial protection devices for specific clinical applications.

 

Intended audience

This independent learning activity is intended for use by perioperative nurses, certified surgical technologists, and other healthcare professionals who are interested learning more about the importance of selecting and using facial protection devices appropriately in the OR.

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