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SAS 8610 Medical N95 Particulate Respirator Masks
As there is a world wide shortage of Disposable Surgical Medical Face Masks Because of the CoronaVirus. These are Special Order and there are no returns. The sale of this item is subject to regulation by the U.S. FDA and therefore is Non Returnable. Once the Order is Placed we can not Cancel the Order as it goes to the Warehouse that ships the product out as fast as possible to Help those in Need.
We have all these Face Masks in Stock and Ready to ship. 1 to 5 Days Delivery Time.
SAS 8610 Medical N95 Particulate Respirator Masks
Breathing hazardous particles can pose a risk to your health. NIOSH, a Federal government regulatory agency, has tested and approved the SAS 8610 Medical N95 Particulate Respirator Masks, which is designed to help reduce exposure to certain airborne particles.. This respirator can also help reduce inhalation exposures to certain biological particles (examples: mold, Bacillus anthracis, Mycobacterium tuberculosis), but cannot eliminate the risk of contracting infection, illness, or disease. Adjustable M noseclip helps provides a custom and secure seal. During the public health emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic, these standard N95 “industrial” respirators may be used by healthcare professionals according to the U.S. FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization.This respirator is compatible with a variety of protective eyewear and hearing protection. This particulate respirator is NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) approved for environments containing particles and provides at least 95 percent filter efficiency. Particulate respirators are the simplest, least expensive solution commonly used in less harmful environments. Particulate respirators filter out dusts, fumes and mists. Dispose when they become discolored, damaged or clogged These Usually come in a box of 20.
|Urethane Nosefoam, Stapled Headband
|Fluid Resistant (ASTM F1862)
|Natural Rubber Latex Components
|Dust and other Particles
|Number per Box
- N95 NIOSH Approved
- FDA Cleared for use as Surgical Mask
- CDC Niosh Approval Number TC-84A-3888
- Part number: 8610
- Comfortable Urethane Nosefoam
- Elastic Stapled Headband
- Adjustable Noseclip with foam strip
- Helps protect against certain Airborne Biological Particles
- Fluid Resistant
- Latex-free stapled fixed head strap
- Emergency Use Authorization for Healthcare Professionals
- Lightweight, maintenance-free construction
- Latex-free stapled fixed head strap
- Quantity: 20 masks per box
Reg $ 37.99 $ 0.95 Each Mask
Four Changes to Infection Prevention and Control that Made a Difference
Dental professionals have gone above-and-beyond to address infection risks and keep their practices safe. Here are four critical changes that practices made (and should continue to make) in order to keep up the good work:
Stringent Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Use
Perhaps the most critical action practices took was adopting more stringent PPE standards. While PPE has always been a major part of the dental experience, the pandemic necessitated the universal implementation of PPE for everyone in the practice – patients and staff alike – regardless of whether they exhibited symptoms of the pandemic.
Additionally, dental professionals have adopted the use of face masks and respirators with higher levels of protection. The use of ASTM Level 3 masks or N95 respirators – particularly in areas with moderate to substantial community spread – has become far more commonplace, and the CDC recommends the use of N95 respirators for any aerosol generating procedures.
While demand at the start of the pandemic necessitated some temporary optimization strategies, PPE supply is now widely available, so dental professionals should continue to follow all CDC best practices and OSHA standards when it comes to its usage. This applies to respirator fit testing as well. Fit testing continues to be a requirement for healthcare professionals that use respirators. This critical step helps protect staff and patients by making sure the N95 respirators are functioning properly for the user.
Improved Aerosol Management Practices
As we learned more about the coronavirus and how it spreads through aerosol droplets, dental professionals had to rethink the use of aerosol-generating equipment and procedures. Many state dental boards temporarily suspended these types of procedures, and the CDC and ADHA advise dental practices to avoid aerosol-generating procedures whenever possible. The agency also provided precautions to minimize droplet spatter and aerosols when such procedures were necessary and when patients showed no signs of coronavirus infection.
By revisiting aerosol management and HVE best practices, dental practitioners were able to adopt strategies like four-handed dentistry and adjusting the power levels on ultrasonic scalers to continue practicing safely.
And by adding high volume evacuation (HVE) as a standard protocol, practitioners were able to better mitigate aerosols generated during procedures. Products such as the HVEsolo™ Disposable Evacuation Tips reduce aerosol contamination by more than 90% and are useable with traditional two-handed dentistry.
Additionally, many practitioners began using hand instrumentation with more frequency to avoid generating aerosols in the first place. New instrumentation like the Harmony™ Ergonomic Scalers and Curettes minimize strain, fatigue and risk of injury to clinicians by reducing the pinch force in clinicians’ hands and pressure needed on the tooth, which may alleviate conditions caused by repetitive motions.
Better Engineering and Administrative Controls
In the NIOSH-defined Hierarchy of Controls, PPE is actually the last line of defense for protecting workers. Before PPE comes engineering and administrative controls (in addition to elimination and substitution strategies), which dental professionals successfully implemented in their practice. This included actions like re-arranging the practice space – including waiting room and operatory – to ensure the ability to physical distance and moving or removing unnecessary items like periodicals. Practices also successfully implemented new check-in procedures to limit the number of patients in the physical space at any given time. Additionally, screening and triage protocols helped ensure that potentially sick or infected patients could be identified and asked to reschedule prior to their appointments, while teledentistry provided new options for treatment.
Although the last year has been challenging, dental professionals (and patients) are far more aware of infection prevention and control best practices than ever before. Traditionally, staying ahead of infection prevention and control guidelines has not been easy, and the rapid introduction of interim guidance only added to the challenge. But dental professionals rose to the occasion and are more prepared than ever to deal with the next challenge that comes their way.
Whether its instrument reprocessing and sterilization, waterline maintenance, hand hygiene, clinical techniques, or any other element of daily practice, infection prevention and control is a constant variable that requires attention.
Through the crucible of the pandemic, dental professionals have persevered to prioritize their safety and their patients’ safety. Ultimately, that preparedness and attention to detail will only serve as a benefit in the long run.
What is a N95 respirator?
A respirator is a personal protective device that is worn on your face, covers at least your nose and mouth, requires fit-testing, and is used to reduce your risk of inhaling hazardous airborne particles (including dust particles and infectious agents), gases or vapors.
One of the most commonly used respirators is a NIOSH-approved N95 Respirator mask, which has been tested to filter out at least 95% of airborne particles. A Surgical N95 Respirator is a NIOSH-approved N95 Respirator that has been cleared by the FDA for use as a surgical mask. Unlike other masks, N95 respirators must be fit-tested for each individual to ensure proper protection.
Comparing Surgical Masks and Surgical N95 Respirators
The FDA regulates surgical masks and surgical N95 respirators differently based on their intended use.
A surgical mask is a loose-fitting, disposable device that creates a physical barrier between the mouth and nose of the wearer and potential contaminants in the immediate environment. These are often referred to as face masks, although not all face masks are regulated as surgical masks. Note that the edges of the mask are not designed to form a seal around the nose and mouth.
An N95 respirator is a respiratory protective device designed to achieve a very close facial fit and very efficient filtration of airborne particles. Note that the edges of the respirator are designed to form a seal around the nose and mouth. Surgical N95 Respirators are commonly used in healthcare settings and are a subset of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators (FFRs), often referred to as N95s.
The similarities among surgical masks and surgical N95s are:
They are tested for fluid resistance, filtration efficiency (particulate filtration efficiency and bacterial filtration efficiency), flammability and biocompatibility.
They should not be shared or reused.
General N95 Respirator Precautions
People with chronic respiratory, cardiac, or other medical conditions that make breathing difficult should check with their health care provider before using an N95 respirator because the N95 respirator can make it more difficult for the wearer to breathe. Some models have exhalation valves that can make breathing out easier and help reduce heat build-up. Note that N95 respirators with exhalation valves should not be used when sterile conditions are needed.
All FDA-cleared N95 respirators are labeled as "single-use," disposable devices. If your respirator is damaged or soiled, or if breathing becomes difficult, you should remove the respirator, discard it properly, and replace it with a new one. To safely discard your N95 respirator, place it in a plastic bag and put it in the trash. Wash your hands after handling the used respirator.
N95 respirators are not designed for children or people with facial hair. Because a proper fit cannot be achieved on children and people with facial hair, the N95 respirator may not provide full protection.
There are a ton of different types of masks on the market. Dental masks vary in level, color and patterns, fit, comfort, and price. However, are we buying and using the correct mask for the procedures we are performing daily? As dental professionals, mask level is not something that is always thought about routinely. Some may not even realize the level indicator on the box even means something. This article will break down each level and show us what we need to stay protected while doing the job we love.
The level is one of the most important aspects of a mask. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) have defined mask levels and when dental professionals should be using which level mask throughout different procedures. Even though the higher level mask usually equals a higher price, we need to protect ourselves. Aerosols, and how to reduce them, continue to be a big topic. We need to know how to protect ourselves with proper protective equipment, but also reduce aerosols utilizing the high-volume evacuation when necessary.
Masks are broken down into three levels; 1, 2 and 3. Level 1 is considered low barrier. The procedures included in wearing a level 1 mask safely consist of exams, operatory cleaning, taking impressions, laboratory work, and orthodontics. That’s it! That does not include a prophylaxis or non-surgical periodontal therapy.2
Level 2 masks are considered moderate barrier. Moderate barrier considers aerosols and splatter to be moderately generated. Procedures include prophylaxis, non-surgical periodontal therapy, endodontics, sealants, restorative, and limited oral surgery. So now we know where our procedures stand as dental hygienists. But keep reading, because it is about to go one step further regarding what we are using to perform these procedures. 2
Level 3 masks are considered high barrier. This includes procedures where heavy amounts of fluid, splatter, and aerosols are produced. Procedures include the use of an ultrasonic scaler, use of an air polisher, crown preparation, implant placement, periodontal surgery, and complex oral surgery. 2
As dental hygienists, we are, or certainly should be, using an ultrasonic scaler on our patients. The benefits speak for themselves from an oral health perspective, as well as ergonomics for the clinician. Therefore, if you are using an ultrasonic or air polisher, a level 3 mask should be worn!
Now that the masks levels have been explained, it is the decision of the dental professional to choose if they want to purchase multiple levels for the office or stick to the highest level, so the provider is always covered. It may suit an office to work in a level 3 mask during ultrasonic instrumentation and discard it after the procedure. When returning to the operatory to disinfect, the dental professional can put on a level 1 mask for protection.
To dive a little deeper into mask safety, it is important to change the mask after every patient. In addition, masks should be changed if working in an environment of high aerosols production every 20 minutes. Lastly, the way the mask is worn is also extremely important. There is a front and back to a mask. One side should go toward your eyes, the other toward your chin. The mask should be pulled fully over the nose, mouth, and chin to be fully protected. 2 Simply put, wear the mask correctly to protect yourself.
Dental hygienists, dentists, and dental assistants fall into the top 5 jobs that are most damaging to our health.1 By wearing proper protective equipment such as masks, glasses, gown, and gloves, we can help ourselves stay healthy!
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