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ROSWELL, Ga. -- In support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)s universal respiratory etiquette strategy, Kimberly-Clark Health Care has introduced a child-size face mask designed specifically to better fit the smaller facial features of children. Until now, a child's only option has been to don a poorly fitting adult surgical mask, which does not offer adequate barrier protection.
"Kimberly-Clark continues to do its part to help healthcare professionals put in place 'respiratory etiquette' as outlined by the CDC," said David Parks, general manager of Kimberly-Clark's infection control business. "Part of this support is making masks more readily available, and also making this new mask specifically for children."
Ideal for children ages 3 and up, the KIMBERLY-CLARK* Child's Face Mask is recommended for use with children who are immuno-supressed or have flu-like symptoms. The CDC recommends that patients with undiagnosed respiratory symptoms be asked to wear a face mask in the waiting room to protect both themselves and those around them. Kimberly-Clark also makes available wall brackets for easy dispensing in the waiting room.
The KIMBERLY-CLARK* Child's Face Mask features:
Construction from lightweight materials for a cool and comfortable fit
Comfortable knitted earloops
Formable nose wire to provide a custom fit
Colorful, playful designs on the outer facing
"There's no question that children are susceptible to the spread of germs and their effects, and they deserve to be properly protected with products that are made especially for them," said Parks. He noted that Kimberly-Clark also manufactures a number of other "child-sized" products, including blood pressure cuffs, feeding tubes, and closed suction catheters.
To help hospitals and doctors' offices remind their patients of proper respiratory etiquette, Kimberly-Clark has distributed colorful posters in several languages. These are suitable for posting in waiting rooms and other places where practicing the simple behaviors outlined by the CDC can have a significant impact.
Source: Kimberly-Clark Health Care