N95 mask

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by misfitlife misfitlife (New) New Nurse

Has 7 years experience.

Hope I am posting under the right topic.  I just started back in a nursing job and I am having a near impossible time wearing the n95.  I work 8 hours a day.  I expected by the end of the day to have some face marks , perhaps a little breaking out.  What I didn't expect was to have a completely red, sore nose and be in immense pain.  

Two hrs into my shift my nose starts turning red and I start to feel pain.  By lunch time I have severe marks on my nose.  I look like Rudolph and am in so much pain with it I want to cry.  

I've adjusted the nose wire every which way to no avail.  Does anyone have any suggestions?  

barcode120x, ASN, BSN, MSN, NP

Specializes in Telemetry. Has 7 years experience. 627 Posts

The most obvious reason is that the n95 is way too tight. If possible, try going up one size (I duno if there is a "large" n95, we only have small and regular at my place. Another trick is to loosen the stretchy straps by pulling on them a little harder/stretch out the strap before putting it on your face. Of course you don't want to loosen/stretch them out too much that the mask won't get a good suction. If your place has the supplies, the duckbill N95 would definitely lessen the soreness/tightness when compared to regular N95's.

If all else fails, you'd need to wear the astronaut set-up. Or, find another position. Also, depending on where you work, you may not need anything more than a regular surgical mask or any other medical mask that is designated as a "droplet" protection mask.

bestallaround

bestallaround, ADN, CNA, LPN, RN

Specializes in Telemetry/Stepdown, Government Nursing. Has 23 years experience. 71 Posts

Welcome to my world.

At my hospital, we have to wear our N95s with a surgical mask over it for 12 hours. Many of us have a nose, lip, cheek, or chin issue with the mask. Not to mention dry mouth and acne from the heat and humidity. Many of us use a dressing of some sort; some like a hydrocolloid, some use a simple band aid. I use a Bandaid brand second skin over my nose. I wear it three days in a row (I know it sounds gross!), washing my face with it on, and remove it on my third and last shift. I use a good cleansing face mask to deep clean my pores after my three shifts. Get yourself some good quality skin care products. 

Some people have gone online and found their own masks rather than the ones supplied by the hospital. One that is popular with my coworkers is made with a soft gel edging that has replaceable filters. I didn't like the straps on that one, but everyone has a different preference, so try one and see what works best for you. Check amazon and cov.care. 

 

 

hppygr8ful, ASN, RN, EMT-I

Specializes in Psych, Addictions, SOL (Student of Life). Has 20 years experience. 4 Articles; 4,573 Posts

On 1/29/2021 at 3:01 AM, bestallaround said:

Welcome to my world.

At my hospital, we have to wear our N95s with a surgical mask over it for 12 hours. Many of us have a nose, lip, cheek, or chin issue with the mask. Not to mention dry mouth and acne from the heat and humidity. Many of us use a dressing of some sort; some like a hydrocolloid, some use a simple band aid. I use a Bandaid brand second skin over my nose. I wear it three days in a row (I know it sounds gross!), washing my face with it on, and remove it on my third and last shift. I use a good cleansing face mask to deep clean my pores after my three shifts. Get yourself some good quality skin care products. 

Some people have gone online and found their own masks rather than the ones supplied by the hospital. One that is popular with my coworkers is made with a soft gel edging that has replaceable filters. I didn't like the straps on that one, but everyone has a different preference, so try one and see what works best for you. Check amazon and cov.care. 

 

 

The mask you are looking for is the Envo mask and they run about $75 to $100.00. I currently wear Huheta KN95. It has the same protection as an N95 but is made in Korea. I find it to be less cnonrh and I wear them for a week spraying mith Hydrogen peroxide every day and letting them dry in the sun. I got a box of 60 for $30.00. 

I am about to invest in a desktop UV lamp to clean my phone, jewelry, and masks. 

Hppy