The difference between medical surgical masks, medical protective masks, and disposable medical masks
Admin:EMP Date:2023-04-15 Browse:199

In China, medical masks are divided into three types: disposable medical masks, medical surgical masks, and medical protective masks. These three types of masks differ in terms of compliance with standards, filtration performance, and usage scenarios. Today, we will introduce the differences among these three types of masks.

1. Different shapes of masks

Disposable medical masks and surgical masks are both rectangular in shape, with earwear and strap styles.

The vast majority of medical protective masks are duckbill shaped, making them easier to distinguish.

2. Different compliance standards

Disposable medical masks comply with the Chinese pharmaceutical industry standard YY/T 0969-2013 "Disposable Medical Masks".

Medical surgical masks comply with the Chinese pharmaceutical industry standard YY 0469-2011 "Technical Requirements for Medical Surgical Masks".

Medical protective masks comply with the national standard GB 19083-2010 "Technical Requirements for Medical Protective Masks".

3. What usage scenarios are these three types of masks suitable for?

Sorted by performance level: Medical protective masks>Medical surgical masks>Disposable medical masks.

Disposable medical mask

Mainly worn by clinical medical staff during general diagnosis and non-invasive procedures, providing a certain physical barrier to prevent the direct passage of pathogens, microorganisms, particles, etc. Clinical medical staff usually wear this type of mask in their work, which can basically meet the needs of ordinary people.


surgical mask

It is mainly worn by clinical medical personnel during invasive procedures to prevent the spread of dandruff and respiratory microorganisms to open surgical wounds, and to prevent the transmission of body fluids from surgical patients to medical personnel, providing two-way biological protection. Suitable for wearing during other medical operations such as surgery, laser therapy, dentistry, etc., mainly suitable for use by hospital surgical operators.


Medical protective mask

Suitable for medical personnel who come into contact with airborne and droplet borne diseases, infectious microorganisms, and patients in the event of a major epidemic. (Due to its excellent particle filtration efficiency and anti splash function, it can effectively filter viruses. It is mainly used in medical work environments to filter particulate matter in the air and block droplets, blood, body fluids, and secretions.)

Summary: In daily life, it is only necessary to wear a medical surgical mask, and there is no need to wear a medical protective mask. If you are exposed to patients who have been infected with novel coronavirus, you need to wear a medical protective mask.