An important medical supply you may need to consider if you are caring for an individual in your home is medical (surgical) facemasks. These facemasks help to provide protection from the spread of infection. If an individual is highly susceptible to infections, it is extremely important that you, and all who come in contact with them, keep your hands clean and perhaps even wear a facemask.

“Surgical masks are used as a physical barrier to protect the user from hazards, such as splashes of large droplets of blood or body fluids.”

Surgical masks also protect other people against infection from the person wearing the surgical mask. Such masks trap large particles of body fluids that may contain bacteria or viruses expelled by the wearer. Only surgical masks that are cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to be legally marketed in the United States have been tested for their ability to resist blood and body fluids.