Viral Filtration Efficiency (VFE) of surgical masks

As part of an ongoing pre-normative project, Centexbel is evaluating the possibility of testing surgical masks for their virus barrier. The aim of this project is to demonstrate the filtration efficiency of different types of masks in relation to very small biological structures, the viruses.

Evaluation of medical face masks

Infective agents can be transmitted during surgical procedures in operating theatres and other medical settings in several ways. One of the important sources are the noses and mouths of the surgical team. When breathing, speaking, coughing or sneezing, a person releases smaller or larger amounts of droplets of secretions from the mucous membranes in the mouth and nose. Those droplets quickly evaporate and leave nuclei suspended in the air. Nuclei can subsequently spread through the air to a susceptible site such as an open operating wound or sterile equipment, or can be inhaled if dimensions

Evaluation of medical textiles

As a medical device, textiles used in operating theatres have to be conform with the requirements of the European Medical Devices Regualtion 2017/745