What You Need To Know About N95 Masks
The N95 mask has been crucial during this COVID-19 epidemic. But, do you know why this mask stands out above the others? Well, the “95” is a big clue. It’s keeps out at least 95% of the particles floating in the air. The other important differentiator is that many masks are designed to keep stuff in while the N95 is specifically designed to keep stuff out!
Tight-fitting cover that when properly fitted to the face protects the wearer from very small particles that float in the air, such as TB, measles, and chickenpox. It should fit the face tightly with no gaping. An N95 mask is intended to provide more protection than a procedure mask by blocking at least 95% of very small (0.3 microns) particles.
How to properly use N95 Masks
Now that we know why they’re important let’s talk about how to properly wear and dispose of these masks to ensure the highest level of safety:
- Check to make sure the N95 mask has no defects such as holes or torn straps.
- Follow manufacturer’s instructions for donning and doffing of N95
- Ensure proper fit-making sure nose and mouth are completely covered. The N95 mask must have a complete seal all around. Complete face seal check after donning the mask.
- Mold the mask over the bridge of your nose when putting it on to help keep the N95 mask on and fitting properly. It is also helpful to press all around the face seal to be sure it is tightly in place.
- Tilt head forward and remove the N95 mask by pulling bottom strap over back of head, followed by the top strap without touching the front of mask. Keep straps tight during the removal process.
- Discard an N95 mask by touching straps only. Perform hand hygiene before and after use of an N95 mask or any type of personal protective equipment, such as your gloves and gown.
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