Unit 11: Vocabulary

To pass this unit, please study the 20 vocabulary words below.
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administer
to apply, or give as a remedy
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The paramedic administered basic first aid, but it wasn't enough to save the patient.
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admission
the act of being received into a place e.g. hospital
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After the patient's admission, he was taken to the operating room.
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assist
to help, to give aid to
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Could you assist me in restraining the patient?
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bedside manner
the attitude, approach and conduct of a medical professional in the company of a patient
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Even though he was technically a very good doctor, his bedside manner was poor so his patients disliked him.
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charge nurse
a senior nurse in charge of a ward
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New nurses are closely checked by their charge nurse to make sure they do not make any mistakes.
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direct care
the care of a patient which is provided personally by a staff member
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Direct care workers need both good medical knowledge and the ability to work well with people.
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discharge
to release from hospital, or another course of care
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He had to stay in hospital for two weeks before he was discharged.
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draw
to extract, or take (such as blood from a vein)
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After the nurse had drawn blood, she sent the sample for analysis.
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dressings
materials applied to cover a wound for the purposes of protection
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You have to change the dressings on the cut every day to stop infection.
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educate
to provide with knowledge or training in a particular area
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It is important to educate people on the dangers of smoking.
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interact
to act or work in close relation with another
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Doctors need to interact with the nursing team to provide the best possible care for patients.
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intravenous
within or administered into a vein
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At this hospital we do not use tablets as all painkillers are given by intravenous injection.
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medication
the administration of medicine
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The nursing staff are responsible for the medication of patients.
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midwife
a nurse who is qualified to deliver babies
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In the USA, most midwifes are women.
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monitor
to check constantly on a certain condition or action
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This machine monitors patients heart rates and emits a beeping sound if there is anything out of the usual.
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response
a reaction of an organism in reply to a stimulus
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As there was no response to the first course of medication, the doctor decided to try something else.
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rewarding
offering or giving satisfaction
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Even though nurses salaries are quite low, a lot of nurses say that they like their job because it is rewarding.
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specimen
a small sample or part taken to show the nature of the whole
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Blood and saliva specimens were taken and then tested.
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staff nurse
a qualified nurse who is either a member of the ward or working there on a temporary basis
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There are 8 staff nurses working in the accident and emergency department.
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terminal
causing, ending in or approaching death
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When he heard that his wife's condition was terminal, he broke down in tears.
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