In medical settings and with the sudden pandemic, personal protection equipment (PPE) is needed worldwide more than ever. But what if you have a bunch of surgical mask freight shipping that needs to be done and no idea how?
The process doesn’t have to be daunting and if certain things are minded, surgical mask freight shipping should not be much of an issue. You need to make sure your masks have three layers, with a special layer in the middle, and also that the masks are properly registered and cleared through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
What makes the process even less daunting is partnering with a third-party logistics (3PL) company like R+L Global Logistics to handle your freight shipping needs. With our experience in transporting medical supplies freight, we can basically walk you through the entire process. We have a team full of extremely capable drivers who can traverse any route in the United States and beyond. Read on to learn more about surgical masks and also how the right 3PL company can make the whole endeavor dead simple.
Even if it’s just from TV or the movies, most people are familiar with what a surgical mask looks like. Generally a green color, they are used by doctors and nurses in a medical setting during surgery or other settings where contamination of patients can occur, and cover the mouth and nose.
You may also wonder what makes a surgical mask different from any other kind of face covering or PPE. This comes down to the mask’s unique three-layer construction. While the three layers are all based around the idea of keeping liquid droplets that can contain bacteria or viruses contained, they each serve a slightly different purpose to make it happen.
The outer layer is good for protecting the wearer from bodily fluids (including blood) and water. The middle layer is tasked with preventing germs from entering or exiting the mask and catching small particles. The inner layer traps and absorbs any fluids — think spit, sweat or water — from the wearer. When using a 3-layer surgical mask, both the wearer and the people around them are more protected by using less effective PPE or none at all.
For this reason, 3-layer surgical masks are thought to be effective to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). In fact, a recent study from Duke University said the only current mask better at combating COVID-19 is an n95 respirator mask. Part of this is because surgical masks are loose fitting in comparison.
So it’s easy to say that even outside of an operating room or sensitive wings of a hospital setting, surgical masks can have a real-world application for many people in this day and age. It’s important to note that surgical masks cannot completely protect you from viruses. While they are absolutely better than other alternatives, only an N-95 mask is proven to offer resistance to viruses.
With surgical masks at an all-time importance, you need an experienced company handling these crucial goods. At R+L Global Logistics, we have experience shipping surgical masks and freight shipping medical supplies. Whether you’re importing them from overseas or producing them in America, we can help make your transportation easy and get it where it’s going quickly and safely.
One important thing to know is the FDA is responsible for creating the rules and regulations surrounding medical items for use in the United States. The organization also enforces those regulations. So you will have to make sure the surgical masks you need shipped are properly registered with the FDA.
While it was touched upon in the previous section, it’s imperative to mention once more that true surgical masks are different from similar-looking products like 2-ply hygiene masks. 2-ply hygiene masks may look much like their 3-ply counterparts but are missing the crucial middle layer — a melt-blown filter — that keeps viruses and bacteria out.
Surgical masks shipments themselves are pretty straightforward affairs though. The masks themselves are shipped in cardboard boxes and masks are wrapped in increments inside of sealed plastic to keep them free of any dust, dirt or other debris that would not leave them in pristine condition.
When you are looking to ship or even store surgical masks, you need look no further than R+L Global Logistics to take care of all your needs in those areas. We have climate-controlled warehouses to safely store surgical masks and can also fulfil and ship orders on your behalf when the masks are needed.
Regardless if the masks are produced domestically or overseas, R+L Global Logistics can help you get them to their final destination to the frontline workers and others who truly require them.
Once you’re raring to go with your surgical mask freight shipping, pick up the phone and give the experts at R+L Global Logistics a call. You require a transportation company that has proven time and time again it can handle freight shipment of any kind. We will allow you to have the utmost confidence that your load will arrive safe and sound.
We boast a 99.5 percent on-time delivery rate and also offer real-time freight visibility with every instance of freight transportation. We also offer outstanding customer service any time you have a question or even the smallest concern. With such a needed product involved, R+L Global Logistics can also offer expedited shipping. When utilizing this faster shipping on longer routes, a day or two can be lopped off the freight shipping time.
Our overall services are even more expansive than simply hauling your freight. We can run every part of the supply chain on your behalf. So if you need things like warehousing, order fulfillment or customs brokerage in order to import, R+L Global Logistics has you completely covered.
So when you’re ready to undertake surgical mask freight shipping, call the professionals at R+L Global Logistics at 866.353.7178 for a complimentary freight rate quote. We’ll answer any questions you have and be ready to move your freight.