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The effects of types of masks in the oxygen saturation among novice nurses working at selected operating room from the Philippines.


1Sarah A. Lopez Principal Investigator
2Aubrey Q. Alcazar Researcher
3Rachel C. Balanday Researcher
4Alyssa Mae D. Ebreo Researcher
5McLouie Daryle F. Fernandez Researcher
6Aleanah Jamir C. Hadji Ibrahim Researcher
7Diana Rose Y. Militar Researcher
8Michael Joseph S. Diño Adviser

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Our Lady of Fatima University


This study wants to determine which surgical mask affect the oxygen saturation in the human body.


In recent years, researchers have become increasingly interested in the use of masks whether wearing masks have positive or negative effects to the one who is wearing it. And the reasons of wearing masks have transformed over the years. Masks are a vital piece of equipment in health care facilities and personal emergency kits. A pulse oximeter is a quick way to determine oxygen saturation levels. The instrument use in this study was pulse oximeter which is non-invasive procedure. The objective of this research is to elucidate the significant difference in oxygen saturation reading before, during, and after using disposable mask and cloth mask and what specific mask is suitable for operating room. Quasi experimental study will compare the oxygen saturation of purposefully selected novice nurses working in selected operating rooms in the Philippines. Quantitative results showed that disposable mask has a significant change in oxygen saturation among novice circulating nurse (n=20; x?=.9820; x?=9860; t=-2.251; P=0.030; Reject H0). Disposable mask has a significant change in oxygen saturation higher than the cloth mask which means that disposable mask is more effective and applicable in operating room. This study will benefit the students, future nurses and the medical health practitioner because they can have proper airway ventilation since oxygen is vital in human body using the proper mask in the operating room so that they can perform their optimum level of functioning. Also, the community/client will benefit because they will receive the appropriate performance of the medical team.

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