Chapter 03 Patient Care and Safety - Terms

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Ambulatory

Walking, or able to walk

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Atrophy

Decrease in the size of the organ, tissue, or muscle

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Decubitus ulcer

A pressure sore or ulcer

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Dyspnea

Labored or difficult breathing resulting from insufficient airflow to the lungs

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Immobilizer

Velcro straps that are used on a patient's limbs or waist to prevent the patient from injuring himself or herself or others

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Ischemia

Deficiency of blood in a part due to functional constriction or actual obstruction of a blood vessel

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Tissue necrosis

Localized death of tissue due to injury or lack of oxygen

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Ulceration

An area of tissue necrosis that penetrates below the epidermis; excavation of the surface of any body organ