Making Surgical Face Masks

A face mask is an element of the existing hierarchy of different interventions often used in cutting down the transmission of various respiratory pathogens, usually by offering a barrier. And as discussed in our first series of surgical masks, there are two major types of this product used by various healthcare professionals. They are:

  • N95
  • SMS( surgical masks)

There are also different types of mask making machines.

During use, the masks may end up being contaminated with pathogens, thereby serving as a source of transmission. But, because of the lack of knowledge, the dangers associated with these pathogens are unknown to many. By using a mathematical model, the rate of influenza contaminations on surgical face masks from sources of aerosol was calculated by a medical team. The model was then validated using data from initial laboratory research studies with the face makes placed on head forms.

The same model was used in estimating the rate of facemask contamination levels in three different scenarios. Input parameters were also used. A different model of face mask was used to estimate the percentage of contamination from a patient’s cough.  

Following the research, it was concluded that there were different contamination levels from various viruses. Overall, the models, coupled with estimates for the facemask contamination levels, were used in controlling the rate of infection among patients. That is why today, it is essential for healthcare professionals to validate the quality of face mask manufacturing machines.

The Validation Process Of Face Mask Making Machines

After buying your mask machine, there is a need to make sure that it is working appropriately. Here are the primary verification and validation documents you need to own:

  • The test documents accepted by the factory- you need to test the surgical mask making device at the factory to be sure that it is effective. After that, you will be awarded a certificate of test qualification as proof.
  • The installation qualification document- you need to make sure that the device is working efficiently before the process of installation. To reinforce this, you will receive a certificate of installation after the test.
  • The certificate of operational qualification – is the machine working as it should? After the installation, you must make sure that the machine is working accordingly. Perhaps at this point, you now need to conduct an operational test. If the machine is working appropriately, you shall receive a certificate of functional qualification.

Final Thoughts

Are there safety measures that your mask making device comes with?

Yes, there are. When acquiring your machine, you need to make sure that it is relatively safe for use.


This entails making sure that it comes with appropriate sensors that can detect everything, including malfunction.

Other than that, the device sensors have a way of triggering a machine to go off in the case of a precarious issue. Here, your machine will shut down by sending an alarming warning. The warning should keep you from away from operating the machine. This is to avoid injuries.


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