The United States Patent Office has issued a patent to the New Jersey-based inventor William Loughran for a major improvement to surgical and industrial masks.
Designed to keep air and small particles from entering the mask around its perimeter, its major practical benefit will be to greatly reduce the fogging that plagues doctors during surgery. Nearly every surgeon has to wear glasses or special optical wear to perform a surgery, and their major complaint about existing mask designs is the fogging of this eyewear that impedes their vision. This is a critical factor in safely performing surgery, and will reduce the risk to patients. Delicate surgical maneuvers will no longer have to be interrupted by fogging, or replacing masks. Anyone wearing glasses will benefit, not just doctors!
This invention was created by Mr. Loughran, of Sea Girt, New Jersey, who received his first patent in 1962.
The Global market for surgical masks is projected to grow 8.3% annually through 2027 (Ref: Grand View Research). Any company that secures the rights to this patent will enjoy both immediate and long-term financial gains.
The Abstract from Patent number 10918142 issued on Feb. 16, 2021 reads: A facial mask includes a foam sealer that is attached at one or more sides of the mask. The foam sealer prevents air or breath from going upwards out of the mask, thereby preventing glasses from being fogged up during surgery. It also keeps air or materials from getting into the mask and prevents, to a degree, bodily fluids and unwanted odors from penetrating the mask than existing masks. The mask prevents unwanted distractions to the surgeon or other medical personnel. The mask also may prevent medical illnesses from the inhalation of air, the exposure to bodily fluids, or the transfer of gases. The foam sealer is comprised of open cell foam. The facial mask acts as a more complete barrier to odors and bodily fluids that may otherwise endanger both the user or other personnel.
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