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30 Cards in this Set

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advanced life support
The provision of care that paramedics or allied health professionls render, including advanced airway management, defibrillation, intravenous therapy, and medication administration.
basic life support
Care provided by persons trained in first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and other noninvasive care.
A method of payment to cover all healthcare expenses for each member of a managed care organization.
continuous quality improvement
A management approach to customer service and organizational performance that includes constant monitoring, evaluation, decisions, and actions.
emergency medical services
A national network of services coordinated to provide aid and medical assisstance from primary response to definitive care; the network involves personnel trained in rescue, stabilization, transportation, and advanced management of traumatic and medical emergencies.
A person who has completed training based on the EMT-Paramedic National Standard Curriculum, including advanced training in patient assessment, cardiac rhythm interpretation, defibrillation, drug therapy, and airway management.
extended scope of practice
The expansion of health care services provided by emergency medical technicians and paramedics in the prehospital setting.
managed care organizations
Networks that provide patient care services to their members, including health maintenance organizations and preferred provider organizations.
offline (indirect) medical direction
The establishment and monitoring of all medical components of an EMS system, including protocols, standing orders, educational programs, and the quality and delivery of online (direct) medical direction.
online (direct) medical direction
The medical direction physician or designee who directly supervises prehospital care activities via radio or phone. Online (direct) medical direction also may be responsible for the activities of the emergancy department staff and others at the medical direction hospital.
The practice of granting an individual licensure or certification/registration based on licensure or certification/registration by another state, agency, or association.
standing orders
Specific treatment protocols used by prehospital emergency care providers in the absence of online (direct) medical direction when delay in treatment would harm the patient.
treatment protocols
Guidelines that define the scope of prehospital intervention practiced by emergency care providers.
A compulsive, uncontrollable dependence on a substance, habit, or practice to such a degree that cessation causes severe emotional, mental, or physiological reactions.
An endogenous adrenal hormone that helps prepare the body for energetic action.
A state or feeling of apprehension, uneasiness, agitation, uncertainty, or fear resulting from the anticipation of some threat or danger.
autonomic nervous system
The part of the nervous system that regulates involuntary vital functions, including the activity of cardiac muscle, smooth muscle, and glands.
circadian rhythm
A pattern based on a 24-hour cycle, especially repetition of certain physiological phenomena, such as sleeping and eating.
Negative, debilitating, or harmful stress.
Positive, performance-enhancing stress.
A nonspecific mental or physical strain caused by any emotional, physical, social, economic, or other factor that initiates a physiological response.
universal precautions
Infection control practices in health care that are observed with every patient and procedure and that prevent exposure to blood-borne pathogens.
community health assessment
An assessment of a target community to identify needs and resources requires to provide prevention and wellness promotion activities.
injury risk
Real or potentially hazardous situations that put individuals at increased risk for sustaining an injury.
injury surveillance
The ongoing systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of injury data essential to the planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health practice.
primary injury prevention
The practice of preventing an injury from occurring.
teachable moment
The time after an injury has occurred when the patient and observers remain acutely aware of what has happened and may be more receptive to being taught ways that the event or illness could have been prevented.
A generic term that describes the various land-based emergency vehicles used by emergency medical services (EMS) personnel, including basic and advanced life support units, paramedic units, mobile intensive care units, and others.
KKK A-1822D standards
The national standards that provide the foundation of uniformity or the design of ambulance vehicles.
landing zone
An area prepared for the landing of an aircraft; generally 100 by 100 feet.