Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the healthcare field is crucial for both patient and caregiver in the prevention of transmissible infectious agents. Medical PPE includes face masks, nitrile gloves, latex exam gloves, goggles, face shields, medical gowns, and more. These are used in healthcare settings to improve personnel and patient safety against infectious materials. MFI Medical carries a variety of PPE from major brands such as 3M, Dynarex, ADC, Allied Healthcare, and many more. Partial face masks and full face shields provide coverage of the mouth and nose from exposure to infectious diseases.
Face Masks and Face Shields
MFI Medical carries face masks and shields from major brands trusted in treatment and surgery rooms across the world such as 3M and Dynarex. Face shields provide peripheral vision protection with their wrap-around design, protecting against liquid splashes and particles. Face shields can be comfortably worn over prescription glasses or other protective eyewear. Face masks differ from face shields in that they only cover the nose and mouth and for the most part are held on to the face by ear loops. Masks and face shields prevent fluid penetration and contact with potentially infectious material. Masks range from everyday procedure masks, to surgical masks, to respirator masks.
Face masks with filters, such as N95, N99, or N100 particulate respirators, filter the air and protect healthcare workers from hazardous or infectious aerosols. These masks are approved by the CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to protect the respiratory tract from airborne infectious agents. MFI Medical carries N95 NIOSH rated masks such as the 3M Health Care Particulate Respirator and Surgical Mask.
Hand protection, such as nitrile and latex gloves, protect personnel from contact with infectious agents or bodily fluid that may contain infectious agents. Gloves are the most common type of PPE used in healthcare settings. Selecting the right type of glove (sterile vs non-sterile, latex or nitrile, for example) and for the right type of patient is imperative depending on the healthcare setting. MFI carries all major types of gloves in all sizes.
Nitrile vs Latex
Nitrile, latex, and vinyl gloves are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for personal protection against contact with potential infectious or hazardous materials. Nitrile gloves have become a great choice for facilities concerned with patients' latex allergies. Vinyl gloves are also frequently available and work well if there is limited patient contact. Both latex and nitrile gloves protect against viruses where vinyl gloves primarily protect against chemicals.
Personal protective equipment and clothing is crucial for healthcare providers, that's why MFI Medical carries a wide variety from different brands at the best prices. The MFI Medical PPE Collection houses the current available types of PPE. Be sure to check out the Specials page to see if any current promotions include personal protective equipment.