Check the Label: Is the Mask a Level 1,2 or 3
Upon completion of this continuing education activity, the participant should be able to:
*Identify three reasons for face mask use in healthcare
*Discuss the roles of the FDA and ASTM as relates to medical face masks
*Recognize requirements for the new face mask performance rating as specified in ASTM F2100-11
*Describe how the ASTM F2100-11 barrier levels can assist with appropriate mask selection
Category: Infection Prevention
Title: "Check the Label: Is the Mask a Level 1,2, 3 (and....what's the difference?)"
Presenter: Kathleen Stoessel, RN, BSN, MS, Kimberly-Clark Healthcare, Senior Manager for Clinical Education
Ms. Stoessel co-founded Kimberly-Clark’s Knowledge Network* - a dynamic collection of educational resources designed to provide insight and information to healthcare professionals on relevant healthcare issues. She is responsible for the design, development, and presentation of continuing education programs.
Prior to her work with Kimberly-Clark, she served as a Navy Nurse Corps officer for 24 years. Her experience included general medicine, coronary care, labor and delivery, and surgical nursing. She was also the department head responsible for all staff education and training at Naval Hospital Subic Bay, Philippines; Naval Hospital, Millington, Tenn.; and Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA.
Ms. Stoessel earned her Registered Nurse Diploma from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Huntington, W. Va.; a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I.; and her Master of Science in education from Memphis State University in Memphis, Tenn. She currently serves on the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Foundation Board of Trustees.
Description: In the healthcare setting, choosing the appropriate face mask is a key component in minimizing the spread of potentially infectious diseases. Face masks are worn to contain and filter droplets of microorganisms expelled from the mouth and nasopharyx during talking, sneezing, and coughing. This serves to protect others from exposure to infectious agents carried in an individual’s nose or mouth. Face masks also are worn to protect healthcare workers from exposure to infectious material from patients (e.g., respiratory secretions and sprays of blood or body fluids, consistent with Standard Precautions and Droplet Precautions). Healthcare workers must choose the appropriate mask based on the anticipated level of exposure to infectious material. The ASTM F2100-11 Standard Specification for Performance of Materials Used in Medical Face Masks will assist with that choice by requiring a graphic display on the mask packaging rating the performance “level” of the mask. The purpose of this program is to review the reasons for face mask use in healthcare and to discuss the roles of the FDA and ASTM as relates to medical face masks. The new ASTM F2100-11 mask performance rating will be described with a review of how this new rating can assist with appropriate mask selection.
This is a pre-recorded infection prevention conference presentation.
Cost: $1.00; unlimited viewing for 90-days exclusive to your surgery center.
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