Crosstex SecureFit Face Masks
SecureFit Face Masks
The patent-pending design of SecureFit masks creates a custom fit for greater protection.
The SecureFit line of medical face masks from Crosstex International is designed to eliminate the pitfalls of typical face masks, which can be loose-fitting because of the wide variety of facial features and sizes of the wearers. With their patent-pending design, SecureFit masks can be easily adjusted by the wearer to ensure a secure and customized fit. An enclosed aluminum strip under the chin of the mask can be pinched by the clinician to create a custom fit with a tight seal at the bottom and sides of the mask.
SecureFit masks are available in 3 ASTM performance (fluid resistance/filtration) classifications:
1. SecureFit Isofluid'ASTM Level 1 (ideal for procedures where low amounts of fluid, spray, and aerosols are produced.)
2. SecureFit Procedural'ASTM Level 2 (ideal for procedures where moderate to light amounts of fluid, spray, and aerosols are produced.)
3. SecureFit Ultra'ASTM Level 3 (ideal for procedures where heavy to moderate amounts of fluid, spray, and aerosols are produced.)
Eighteen dentists, hygienists, and assistants participated in this Dental Product Shopper evaluation of SecureFit masks. They rated and commented on several features of the masks, including comfort, breathability, fluid resistance, and benefits of the aluminum strip.
Breathability and Comfort
According to Crosstex, the high-quality filter media used in the SecureFit masks gives them the best ASTM rating, filter value, and breathability.
Nine evaluators rated the breathability of SecureFit masks as excellent, 6 rated them as very good, 1 rated them as good, and 2 rated them as fair. When asked to rate the comfort of the masks, 12 rated them as excellent and 6 rated them as very good. A dentist with 7 years of experience said, 'At times, when I was talking and educating patients I didn't even realize I had [the mask] on.' This evaluator also said he would definitely purchase the masks in the future. A dentist from Carteret, NJ, said the masks are 'very comfortable, [and they] fit well under my loupes.'
SecureFit masks are constructed with a spunbound outer layer of material for maximum protection against fluids. When asked to rate the fluid resistance of the masks, 13 evaluators rated them as excellent, and 5 rated them as very good. A dental assistant from Provo, UT said, 'I found the fluid resistance very impressive.' A dentist with 35 years of experience said, 'They are extremely fluid resistant. I dropped one in the sink and was impressed. I filled it with water and walked around to show everyone.'
Benefit of Aluminum Strip
A 2010 study found that a customfitting mask provides up to 100-fold greater reduction in exposure to potentially infectious particulates than a loosefitting mask.1 Crosstex has addressed these findings with an aluminum strip incorporated into the bottom (chin) of the mask. By pinching the aluminum strip, the clinician can create a custom fit with a tight seal at the bottom and sides of the mask.
When asked to rate the ability of the aluminum strip to create a tight, formfitting seal, 14 evaluators rated the masks as excellent and 4 rated them as very good. A dentist from Johnstown, CO said, 'The aluminum strip is more useful than a I thought it would be.' When this same evaluator was asked what he thought could be improved about the masks, he said, 'I think the product is wonderful'it does its job perfectly.'
At then end of the evaluation, the participants were asked to give their overall satisfaction rating for SecureFit masks. Nine evaluators rated them excellent, 7 rated them as very good, and 2 rated them as good.
A dentist with 18 years of experience summed up his evaluation this way: 'In a profession where air-borne pathogens are a constant concern, my staff and I feel a comfortable assurance when using the SecureFit masks. Comfort, breathability, and facial conformation [combine] to promote both patient and staff safety and security.'
1. Diaz K, Smaldone G. Quantifying exposure risk: surgical masks and respirators. Am J Infect Control. 2010;38:501-508.
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