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MedSafety-HC Dangers

Medical Terminology

TermDefinition
hazard something that presents a danger or risk of injury
hazardous material a substance that has the potential to cause harm
biohazard a biological substance, such as blood or another bodily fluid, that has the potential to transmit disease
carcinogen a substance known to cause cancer
other potentially infectious materials (OPIMs) a category of possible biohazards other than blood, including tissues and bodily fluids, such as semen, vaginal secretions, and spinal fluid, that have been defined by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA)
accident any unplanned occurrence that has potentially negative consequences
infectious disease an illness caused by an infectious particle that can be transmitted from person to person
Healthcare-associated infection an infection that a patient acquires while being treated at a healthcare facility for a different ailment
side effect an unintended, often problematic outcome of a treatment
adverse effect an unintended harmful effect of a medical treatment
Created by: rleroux