A surgical tie face mask, also known simply as a tie-on surgical mask, is a type of surgical face mask that is secured to the wearer’s face using ties or strings rather than ear loops or elastic bands. These masks are commonly used in medical and healthcare settings during surgical procedures and other healthcare activities to provide protection for both the wearer and patients by preventing the spread of respiratory droplets and contaminants.
Key characteristics of a tie-on surgical face mask include:
- Ties or Strings: Instead of ear loops or elastic bands, tie-on surgical masks have two long ties or strings attached to the top and bottom corners of the mask. These ties are used to secure the mask in place by tying them behind the wearer’s head.
- Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (BFE): Like regular surgical masks, tie-on surgical masks are designed to offer a high level of bacterial filtration efficiency, typically above 95%. This helps in preventing the passage of bacteria and other microorganisms.
- Fluid Resistance: They are also designed to resist fluids, such as blood or other bodily fluids, which might be encountered during medical procedures.
- Loose Fit: Tie-on surgical masks are generally loose-fitting and do not form a seal around the face, allowing for comfortable breathing and preventing the wearer from touching their face.
- Single-Use: They are intended for single-use and should be discarded after use to maintain hygiene and prevent the spread of contaminants.