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Chapter 13 Safety


Coma A state of being unaware of one's setting 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 of resident leaves the agent without the 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 illness or injury
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
Poison Any substance harmful to the body when ingested, inhaled, injected, or absorbed through the skin
Quadriplegia Paralysis in the arms, legs and trunk
Suffocation When breathing stops from the lack of oxygen
Tetraplegia Like quadriplegia paralysis in the arms, legs and trunk
Workplace Violence Violent acts (including assault or threat of assault) directed toward persons at work or while on duty
Created by: misskeating1