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Infection Vocabulary

Chain of Infection

TermDefinition
Chain of Infection Six factors must be present for the spread of infection.
Infectious Agent Any disease causing microorganism(Pathogen).
Reservoir Where the pathogen lives. Examples are insects ,animals , and food.
Portal of Exit Route escape of the pathogen from the reservoir. Examples are respiratory secretions, blood exposure, and breaks in the skin.
Mode of Transmission Method by which the pathogen gets from the reservoir to the new host.
Portal of Entry Route through which the pathogen enters its new host.
Susceptible Host Accepts pathogen.
Carrier Someone who is healthy on the inside but has diseases on the inside and they can spread those diseases.
Medical Asepsis A cleaning technique. Reduces the number of pathogens.
Surgical Asepsis A sterile technique.
HAI A infection that exists in a certain location. Cause by viral, bacterial, and fungal pathogens.
Host Where the pathogen lives.
Contagious Someone who has a disease and it can spread to someone else.
Epidemiology Branch of medicine that deals with the incidence, distribution, and possible control of diseases.
Quarantine To separate and restrict the movement of people.
Created by: Milenna