Our professional surgical masks are are EN14683:2019+AC:2019 type 2 due to the Bacterial Filtration results.
Our results for test below
|EN14683:2019+AC:2019||Overall Level Achieved = Type 2|
Bacterial Filtration Efficiency-BFE (Pass Type 2)
Microbial Cleanliness(Bioburden) (Pass Type 2)
Breathability(Differential Pressure) (pass Type 2)
Type 1 = 95% or more bacterial filtration
Type 2 – 98% + bacterial filtration
“R” donates the splash resistance of the mask. This is required in Surgery for protection against incidents such as blood spray from ruptured arteries.
There is a shortage of supply for the NHS and critical workers, and the supply chain needs to be protected, Then do you really need “R” version as this really only applies to being in theater where you may need protection from sprays of blood. Yes you need to protect yourselves and other but we do not need to create shortages for the NHS. Using a type 2 for personal protection should suffice and would be more protective than a face covering.