On the Level: The New ASTM F2100 Mask Performance Rating

Available: On Demand
Posted in Webinar
Speakers: Kathleen B. Stoessel, RN, BSN, MS

In the healthcare setting, choosing the appropriate face mask is a key component in minimizing the spread of potentially infectious diseases.  Face masks are worn to contain and filter droplets of microorganisms expelled from the mouth and nasopharyx during talking, sneezing, and coughing.  This serves to protect others from exposure to infectious agents carried in an individual’s nose or mouth.  Face masks also are worn to protect healthcare workers from exposure to infectious material from patients (e.g., respiratory secretions and sprays of blood or body fluids, consistent with Standard Precautions and Droplet Precautions).   Healthcare workers must choose the appropriate mask based on the anticipated level of exposure to infectious material.  The ASTM F2100-11 Standard Specification for Performance of Materials Used in Medical Face Masks will assist with that choice by requiring a graphic display on the mask packaging rating the performance “level” of the mask.  The purpose of this program is to review the reasons for face mask use in healthcare and to discuss the roles of the FDA and ASTM as relates to medical face masks.  The new ASTM F2100-11 mask performance rating will be described with a review of how this new rating can assist with appropriate mask selection.

Upon completion of this continuing education activity, the participant should be able to:

  1. Identify three reasons for face mask use in healthcare

  2. Discuss the roles of the FDA and ASTM as relates to medical face masks

  3. Recognize requirements for the new face mask performance rating as specified in ASTM F2100-11

  4. Describe how the ASTM F2100-11 barrier levels can assist with appropriate mask selection

Eligible for 1.0 contact hour(s) of continuing education

**This activity is provided by Infection Control Today, a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 15619, for 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Sponsored by:

Halyard Health

Speaker: Kathleen B. Stoessel, RN, BSN, MS

Kathleen Stoessel Kathleen B. Stoessel, RN, BSN, MS is the Senior Manager, Clinical Education for Halyard Health. Ms. Stoessel is responsible for the development and presentation of continuing education programs to healthcare professionals. As a member of Kimberly-Clark’s Medical Sciences and Clinical Education team, she serves as an internal consultant and is a professional speaker who presents nationally and internationally on clinically related topics. Ms. Stoessel received her Registered Nurse Diploma from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Huntington, West Virginia; BS in Nursing from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island; and MS in Education from Memphis State University in Memphis, Tennessee.