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Chapter 21

Chapter 21 (Rachel Penwell)

burn an injury to the tissues caused by exposure to thermal, chemical, electrical or radioactive agents
crash cart a specially equipped cart for holding & transporting medications, equipment, & supplies needed for lifesaving procedures in an emergency
crepitus a grating sensation caused by fractured bone fragments rubbing against each other
dislocation an injury in which one end of a bone making up a joint is separated or displaced from its normal anatomic position
emergency medical services system a network of community resources, equipment & personnel that provides care to victims of injury or sudden illness (abbreviated as EMS)
first aid the immediate care administered before complete medical care can be obtained to an individual who is injured or suddenly ill
fracture any break in a bone
hypothermia a life threatening condition in which the temperature of the entire body falls to a dangerously low level
poison any substance that causes illness, injury or death if it enters the body
pressure point a site on the body where an artery lies close to the surface of the skin & can be compressed against an underlying bone to control
seizure a sudden episode of involuntary muscular contractions & relaxation, often accompanied by a change in sensation, behavior, & level of consciousness
shock the failure of the cardiovascular system to deliver enough blood to all of the vital organs of the body
splint any device that immobilizes a body part
sprain trauma to a joint, which causes tearing of ligaments
strain a stretching or tearing of muscles or tendons caused by trauma
wound a break in the continuity of an external or internal surface, caused by physical means
Created by: RachelPenwell