Unit 12: Vocabulary

To pass this unit, please study the 20 vocabulary words below.
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complications
a secondary disease or condition which aggravates an existing condition
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She was re-admitted to hospital after complications set in.
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convalescent
a person who is recovering after a serious accident or injury
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Convalescents usually prefer to be cared for at home rather than in a hospital.
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devise
to create, design or invent a plan
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When devising a treatment plan, take into account the patient’s current symptoms and medical history.
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dignity
respect that people have for someone or that someone has for themselves
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Everyone wants to maintain dignity in old age.
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dress
to clean a wound and cover it with a piece of cloth
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The nurse cleaned John’s arm carefully and dressed the wound gently but firmly.
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evaluate
to study something carefully in order to decide how bad it is
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Before prescribing any medications, evaluate the patient’s symptoms thoroughly.
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fill in
to complete information in an official document
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It took her an hour to fill out the report.
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hands-on care
tasks such as washing, dressing and feeding, performed by a nurse
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You must be very sensitive to your patient when providing hands-on care.
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informed consent
a process of obtaining permission from a patient before conducting a healthcare intervention
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In Pennsylvania, informed consent is required prior to blood transfusion.
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inventory
all the things stored or available in a place
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Unfortunately there are no syringes in the inventory.
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maintenance
any work done in order to keep a machine in good condition and working order
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This new model requires minimal maintenance.
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operation
the way a machine functions
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Don’t touch this device as it gets very hot during operation.
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pre-operation care
health care and procedures before a surgical operation
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Pre-operation care is usually provided by a nurse.
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rapport
a relationship in which people like, understand and respect each other
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Ms Bragwish is known for developing excellent rapport with her patients.
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records
information written on paper or stored on computer to be used later on
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The hospital maintains records about patients’ conditions on the main server.
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self-administer
when a patient gives a pharmacological substance to him- or herself
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John found it relatively easy to self-administer anticoagulant injection drugs.
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shift
a period of work in a hospital where some people work during the day and some at night
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Does Dr Jones work the day shift tomorrow?
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supplies
medical equipment nurses and doctors need to perform their tasks
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Supplies can be ordered directly from our website.
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support
help or encouragement
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Dr Matthews always offers plenty of emotional support to his patients.
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workshop
an event in which a group of professionals meet to learn about a certain topic
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The workshop on Endocrinology was really useful to our team.
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