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Ch 13 nursing

Safety Key Terms

coma a state of being unaware of one's settings and being unable to react or respond to people, places or things
dementia the loss of cognitive and social function caused by changes in the brain
disaster a sudden, catastrophic event in which people are injured and killed and property is destroyed
electrical shock when electrical current passes through the body
elopement when a patient or resident leaves the agency without staff knowledge
ground that which carries leaking electricity to the earth and away from an electrical item
hazard any thing in the person's setting that could cause injury or illness
hazardous chemical any chemical that is a health hazard or a physical hazard
hemiplegia paralysis (plegia) on 1 side (hemi) of the body
incident any event that has harmed or could harm a patient, resident, visitor, or staff member
paralysis loss of muscle function, sensation, or both
paraplegia paralysis in the legs and lower trunk (para means beyond; plegia means paralysis)
posion any substance harmful to the body when ingested, inhaled, injected, or absorbed through the skin
quadriplegia paralysis in the arms, legs, and trunk ( quad means 4; plegia means paralysis); tetraplegia
suffocation when breathing stops from the lack of oxygen
tetraplegia see "quadriplegia" (tetra means 4; plegia means paralysis)
workplace violence violent acts )including assault or threat of assault) directed toward persons at work or while on duty
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