Home > >
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
A species of the fungus Aspergillus that is not necessarily pathogenic but can cause human disease. Aspergillus niger is a cause of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (fungal infection of the lungs) and may lead to the formation of aspergilloma (fungal “ball” found in the lung). It can colonize the external ear canal and is the major cause of otomycosis (superficial fungal ear infection). Since Aspergillus niger is ubiquitous, the air always contains Aspergillus niger spores. In the environment, it is a leading laboratory contaminant. This species of Aspergillus is named for its black or dark brown conidial head.
Infection Control Checklists
select