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Chapter 14 Key Terms

TermDefinition
bioterrorism use of biologic agents to create fear and threat in a terrorist act
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Federal agency that provides facilities and services for investigation, identification, prevention, and control of disease; headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia
codes system of notification that allows information to be transmitted rapidly
disaster manual written agency instructions specifying departmental responsibilities, chain of command, callback procedures for the receipt and management of casualties, and policies related to the overall management of supplies and equipment
disaster situation uncontrollable, unexpected, psychologically shocking event
endemic the expected or normal incidence native to or occurring naturally to a specific area or environment
epidemic disease that emerges rapidly at an uncharacteristic time or in an unusual pattern
Hazard Communication Act requires hospitals to inform employees about the presence of or potential for harmful exposures and how to reduce the risk of exposures
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Federal agency responsible for monitoring safety and health standards in the workplace
PASS a mnemonic to help remember how to operate the fire extinguisher; Pull the pin, Aim at the base of the fire, Squeeze the handles, Sweep from side to side to coat the area evenly
Poisoning the condition or physical state produced by the ingestion, injection, inhalation, or exposure of a poisonous (toxic) substance
RACE a formula to enable nurses to be prepared when safety is threatened by fire; Rescue the patient, sound the Alarm, Confine the fire, Extinguish or Evacuate.
safety reminder device (SRD) Any one of numerous devices used to immobilize a patient; formerly referred to as a restraint
sentinel event any unexpected occurrence involving death or serious physical or psychological injury, or the risk thereof
terrorism use or threats of violence by individuals or organized groups using biological, chemical, or nuclear weapons against society or government for political gain
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