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Surgical mask, per 20

HCPCS code

Name of the Procedure:

Common Name(s): Surgical Mask
Technical/Medical Term: Disposable Surgical Mask, Quantity 20 (HCPCS Code A4928)


A surgical mask is a loose-fitting, disposable device that creates a physical barrier between the mouth and nose of the wearer and potential contaminants in the immediate environment. They are often sold in packs of 20.


Medical Conditions/Problems Addressed:

  • Respiratory protection from airborne particles and pathogens during medical procedures.
  • Prevention of disease spread by covering the nose and mouth.
  • Protects both healthcare workers and patients during medical examinations and treatments.

Goals/Expected Outcomes:

  • Reduce the transmission of infectious diseases.
  • Maintain a sterile environment for surgical procedures and medical treatments.
  • Provide a barrier against respiratory droplets.


Symptoms/Conditions Warranting the Procedure:

  • Risk of exposure to infectious diseases.
  • Need for contamination control in sterile environments (e.g., operating rooms).
  • Healthcare settings with risk of respiratory infections.

Patient Criteria:

  • Healthcare professionals.
  • Patients undergoing surgical or medical procedures.
  • Individuals exposed to high-risk environments for airborne pathogens.


Pre-Procedure Instructions:

  • No specific preparation needed for wearing a surgical mask.

Diagnostic Tests/Assessments Required:

  • None required specifically for the use of a surgical mask.

Procedure Description

Step-by-Step Explanation:

  1. Blueness or other color facing outwards.
  2. Place mask over the nose and mouth.
  3. Secure it under the chin.
  4. Fit the mask snugly against the sides of the face.
  5. Adjust the nose wire on top for secure fit.

Tools/Equipment/Technology Used:

  • Medical-grade disposable surgical masks.

Anesthesia or Sedation: Not applicable.


Wearing a surgical mask is continuous while necessary, typically changed every 4-8 hours or when it becomes wet or soiled.


Performed At:

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Surgical centers
  • Any healthcare setting


Involved Healthcare Professionals:

  • Nurses
  • Doctors
  • Surgical staff
  • Any healthcare worker in a patient-care setting

Risks and Complications

Common Risks:

  • Skin irritation
  • Discomfort
  • Breathing difficulty for individuals with pre-existing respiration issues

Rare Risks:

  • Allergic reaction to mask material

Management of Complications:

  • Immediate removal if any adverse reactions occur.
  • Consultation with a healthcare provider for severe reactions.


Expected Benefits:

  • Significant reduction in the risk of respiratory infections.
  • Protection of both healthcare workers and patients.
  • Maintenance of hygiene and sterility in medical environments.

Realization Timeline:

  • Immediate upon proper fitting and use.


Post-Procedure Care:

  • Proper disposal of used masks.
  • Frequent hand hygiene.

Expected Recovery Time:

  • Not applicable as this is a preventative measure.

Restrictions/Follow-up Appointments:

  • Ensure continuous supply of masks.
  • Regular training on proper use.


Other Treatment Options:

  • N95 respirators for higher levels of protection.
  • Cloth masks in non-medical settings.

Pros and Cons of Alternatives:

  • N95 Respirators: Provide higher protection but are usually reserved for high-risk procedures due to limited supply.
  • Cloth Masks: Reusable and washable but less effective in high-risk medical settings.

Patient Experience

During the Procedure:

  • Slight discomfort or irritation possible.
  • Feeling of warmth and perhaps dampness after prolonged use.

After the Procedure:

  • No significant post-use repercussions.
  • Regular practice of mask-wearing significantly enhances protection with minimal discomfort.

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