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PHS Ch 14

Career Skills in Support Services

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central services the hospital department responsible for receiving, storing, cleaning, disinfecting, sterilizing, and distributing medical and surgical supplies and equipment.
compassion sympathy for the distress of others accompanied by a desire to help.
contamination the unwanted presence of harmful substances or microorganisms.
disinfection the use of chemicals to kill pathogens that are present on nonliving objects.
environmental engineer a worker who ensures the health of the public, such as by monitoring safe drinking water and air quality.
initiative the ability to decide independently what to do and when to do it.
professional distance erm used to describe the act of showing a caring attitude toward patients without trying to become friends.
sanitation term that describes procedures and practices that maintain cleanliness and preserve public health.
service learning an educational experience that integrates academic achievement with community service.
support services the career pathway that focuses on creating a therapeutic environment for providing patient care.
therapeutic diet a special food plan ordered by a physician to help treat a disease.
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