What is a Fluidshield Mask?
A fluidshield mask is Halyard Health’s top level of fluid protection found in surgical face masks as recognized by the ASTM F2100-11 certification. ASTM International, formerly known as American Society for Testing and Materials, is an independent organization that develops and publishes standards across a wide variety of materials, products, systems and services.
Halyard Health Level 3 Fluidshield masks have these properties:
- Super soft SO SOFT* inner lining for more comfort than ever
- Found to be the softest and silkiest among leading surgical masks tested
- Powered by patented POWERGUARD* filter technology for superior microbial barrier protection
Halyard Health Fluidshield masks are made of four layers of protection:
- Fluidshield outer layer
- Breathable inner layer for protection
- Powerguard filter media that captures and traps microbes
- So Soft inner lining that provides noticeable softness for comfort
Primo Dental Products is proud to offer Halyard Health Level 3 Fluidshield Fog-Free Earloop Face Mask.
Will glasses fog up with a Fluidshield mask?
Fluidshield surgical face masks marked as fog-free will not fog up glasses. Halyard offers Fluidshield surgical ear loop face masks with or without the fog-free functionality so please read carefully before purchasing.
What is a Level 3 Mask?
A Level 3 mask is the highest level of fluid protection a surgical mask can provide. The ASTM issues guidelines for the performance of medical face masks, particularly focused on fluid resistance and particulate filtration. Level 3 masks are designed for procedures with moderate to heavy amounts of blood, fluid, spray and/or aerosol exposure. The high barrier protection is needed for dental and oral care procedures such as implant placement, crown preparation, and periodontal or complex oral surgery.
The ASTM F2100-11 standards also call for mask packaging to be clearly labeled with the level of protection in one of three levels: 1, 2 or 3. This standard reinforces the importance of labeling to identify protection level, based on fluid resistance, filtration and breathability. This greatly simplifies the process of mask selection. ASTM F2100-11 is recognized by the FDA as the standard for medical face masks.
How to put on a surgical face mask?
- Before touching the mask, please make sure to thoroughly clean your hands with soap and water for at least thirty seconds. If hand washing with soap and water is not available, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Once hands have been cleaned or sanitized, remove the mask from the box. Do a quick visual inspection to ensure there are no obvious tears and holes on either side of the mask.
- Determine which side of the mask is the top. Almost all masks will have a stiff but bendable metal wire. This side should be the top and is meant to mold to the shape of your nose. Note there are some masks that will have metal wiring on both the top and bottom sides of the surgical ear loop mask.
- Now take a look to determine which side is the outer facing side. The colored side of the mask is usually the front and should be facing outside. The lighter, usually white, side should be the side that touches your face.
- Next, you will hold the mask by the ear loops and place a loop on each ear.
- Mold and pinch the metal band to conform to the shape of your nose bridge.
- Pull the bottom of the mask over your mouth and chin to create a secure, but comfortable fit.