MICHIGAN — The first-ever dispensable surgical masks that can be worn for up to 24 hours could be on the shelves of a Florida hospital in the coming weeks.
The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, recently received a $300,000 grant to develop a dispensable mask for use during operations and is testing them out in a small pilot program.
It’s also testing the technology to use it to reduce trauma to patients, such as in a critical surgery, a trauma surgeon said.
“It’s the most practical, efficient way to get an injection of oxygen in a surgical mask,” said Dr. William Kuczynski, the chairman of the Mayo Clinic’s surgical mask and injury management committee.
“The masks work as much as they need to, and the idea is that when it’s time to go to the operating room, you can simply remove the mask, put it in a pocket and go,” he said.
The mask could help patients in the critical surgery area with lower-cut burns, burns on the upper arms, chest, abdomen and pelvis.
It also can reduce the risk of blood clots and potentially prevent the formation of blood-clotting factors that can make it harder for a patient to get the oxygen.
Patients in the Mayo study who were admitted to the hospital in a 24-hour period were more likely to recover from their injuries and recover faster.
They had less bleeding and less chance of having a complication, but still had a significant risk of infection, Kuczyks said.
Some patients, like one who was taken to Mayo after suffering a severe head injury, could wear the masks for as long as 24 hours.
Patient who had to leave hospital after being struck by lightningSource: Mayo Clinic / Mayo Clinic via AP”We’re really excited about it, and we’re trying to figure out what is the right dosage for it, which is what we’ve been doing with masks,” Kuczynksi said.
“It’s very important to understand that the mask doesn’t stop bleeding and is very effective for the person.
There is no other way to achieve that.
The only way is to wear the mask.
The other way is the nasal spray, which isn’t as effective.
It can cause bleeding.
We don’t want to cause bleeding.”
To help reduce trauma, the Mayo team is testing the masks on patients to determine if they work as well as the nasal sprays.
It would also be able to use the mask as a treatment option in trauma-related situations.
“If it’s a very traumatic situation, you want to try to help people get better as quickly as possible,” said Mayo researcher and professor of surgical surgery Dr. Mark A. O’Donnell.
“We need to have an opportunity to try and figure out if the mask is effective and safe, and then if it’s going to be a long-term solution, and if we want to use this in other surgical situations.”
The Mayo study is still in its pilot phase, and more clinical studies are planned, but Mayo is aiming to have the masks in the hands of patients in four to six months.
“There’s going a lot of work to do,” O’Dea said.
O’Donnell is optimistic about the mask’s ability to reduce complications in the short term.
“I think that we can be a bit optimistic about it.
The mask is the best in the world, so I don’t think it’s that big of a problem,” he added.”
I think we’ve really made progress with this mask.
It could help reduce the amount of trauma that a patient goes through, and reduce the chance of complications.
I think it will help us get to the point where we can begin using it in other areas.”