Posted on 20th May 2020

How to wear a surgical mask

Fluid-Resistant (Type IIR) Surgical Face Masks (FRSM) Fluid-resistant (Type IIR) surgical masks (FRSM) provide barrier protection against respiratory droplets reaching the mucosa of the mouth and nose.

These masks must be worn in accordance with the COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Guidance and conform to the International Standard: EN14683.

The two most commonly used design of Type IIR FRSM are tie back and ear loop. National Procurement have recently procured the ear loop style Type IIR FRSM. Whilst it is recognised that staff may be more familiar with the tie-back style of Type IIR FRSM please be assured that the ear loop masks are fit for purpose and do fully meet the International Standard (EN14683).

National Procurement have processes in place to ensure that all Type IIR FRSM meet the relevant standard and are fully tested. They are currently working with suppliers to ensure that manufacturer’s instructions include how to correctly fit the ear loop design for staff that are unfamiliar with this model.

NHS Lanarkshire have kindly shared their poster (below) which demonstrates some suggested ways that this style of mask may be worn to ensure a secure and comfortable fit

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