Venous Access Devices Glossary of Terms

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Anticoagulant: An agent that is used to prevent the formation of blood clots. Anticoagulan...

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Anxiety: A feeling of apprehension and fear, characterized by physical symptoms such as pa...

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Back pain: Pain felt in the low or upper back. Causes of pain in the low and upper back in...

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Bacteria: Single-celled microorganisms that can exist either as independent (free-living) ...

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Blood clot: A mass of coagulated blood. A blood clot can block a major blood vessel, causi...

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Blood clots: Blood that has been converted from a liquid to a solid state. Also called a t...

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Blood draw: Removal of blood, usually by venipuncture (phlebotomy, venous blood sampling)....

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Blood pressure: The blood pressure is the pressure of the blood within the arteries. It is...

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Catheter: A thin, flexible tube.

Cellulitis: A spreading bacterial infection underneath the skin surface characterized by r...

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Central catheter: See: Catheter, central.

Chemotherapy: 1. In the original sense, a chemical that binds to and specifically k...

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Chest: The area of the body located between the neck and the abdomen. The chest contains t...

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Chest pain: Pain in the chest that can be a result of many things, including angina, heart...

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Chest X-ray: A type of X-ray commonly used to detect abnormalities in the lungs. A chest X...

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Chills: feelings of coldness accompanied by shivering. Chills may develop after exposure t...

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Collarbone: A horizontal bone above the first rib that makes up the front part of the shou...

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Emergency department: The department of a hospital responsible for the provision of medica...

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Endocarditis: an inflammation of one or more of the heart valves and lining tissues of the...

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Extremity: An uttermost part of the body, such as a hand or a foot.

Fever: Although a fever technically is any body temperature above the normal of 98.6 F (37...

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Flush: (1) A redness of the skin, typically over the cheeks or neck. A flush is usually ...

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Fungi: Plural of fungus.

Gastrostomy: A surgical opening into the stomach. A gastrostomy may be used for feeding, u...

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Groin: The area where the thigh meets the hip.

Heart: The muscle that pumps blood received from veins into arteries throughout the body. ...

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Heart valves: There are four heart valves. All are one-way valves. Blood entering the ...

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Heparin: An anticoagulant (anti-clotting) medication. Heparin is useful in preventing thro...

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Indicate: In medicine, to make a treatment or procedure advisable because of a particular ...

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Indication: 1. In medicine, a condition which makes a particular treatment or proce...

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Infection: The invasion and multiplication of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, an...

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Inflammation: A localized reaction that produces redness, warmth, swelling, and pain as a ...

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Injury: Harm or hurt. To harm, hurt, or wound. The word injure may be in physical or emot...

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Insertion: A chromosome abnormality that is due to insertion of a segment from one chromos...

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Internal jugular vein: The deeper of the two jugular veins in the neck that drain blood fr...

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Interventional: Pertaining to the act of intervening, interfering or interceding with the ...

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Jugular: The principal vein in the front of either side of the neck. The word comes from t...

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Jugular vein: The jugular veins are in the neck and drain blood from the head, brain, face...

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Lungs: The lungs are a pair of breathing organs located with the chest which remove carbon...

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Malaise: A vague feeling of discomfort, one that cannot be pinned down but is often sensed...

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Memory: 1. The ability to recover information about past events or knowledge. ...

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Neck: The part of the body joining the head to the shoulders. Also, any narrow or constric...

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Nurse: 1) A person trained, licensed, or skilled in nursing. 2) To feed an infant at the ...

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Pain: An unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony. Pa...

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Peripheral: Situated away from the center, as opposed to centrally located.

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Pneumothorax: Free air in the chest outside the lung. Pneumothorax can occur spontaneously...

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Prescription: A physician's order for the preparation and administration of a drug or dev...

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Primary care: A patient's main source for regular medical care, ideally providing continui...

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Primary care provider: In insurance parlance, a physician who is chosen by or assigned to ...

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Radiology: The medical specialty concerned with radiation for the diagnosis and treatment ...

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Reservoir: 1. A place where something such as water is kept in reserve.
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Saline: Relating to salt. As an adjective, "saline" means "salty, containing salt." As a n...

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Sepsis: The presence of bacteria (bacteremia), other infectious organisms, or toxins creat...

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Shortness of breath: Difficulty in breathing. Medically referred to as dyspnea. Shortness ...

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Subclavian: Under the clavicle (the collar bone), as the subclavian artery or the subclav...

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Substance: 1. Material with particular features.
2. The material that...

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Surgeon: A physician who treats disease, injury, or deformity via operative or manual meth...

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Thrombophlebitis: Inflammation of a vein that occurs when a blood clot forms.

Thrombosis: The formation or presence of a blood clot in a blood vessel. The vessel may be...

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Tiredness: See: Tired.

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Transfusion: The transfer of blood or blood products from one person (the donor) into the ...

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Tubes: The "tubes" are medically known as the Fallopian tubes. There are two Fallopian tub...

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Ultrasound: High-frequency sound waves. Ultra-sound waves can be bounced off tissues by us...

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Vascular: Relating to blood vessels. For example, the vascular system in the body includes...

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Vein: A blood vessel that carries blood that is low in oxygen content from the body back t...

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Weight loss: Weight loss is a decrease in body weight resulting from either voluntary (die...

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X-ray: High-energy radiation with waves shorter than those of visible light. X-ray is used...

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