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Wound Care Glossary of Terms

BSI (bloodstream infection) – An infection in the blood when a PICC (peripherally inserted central catheter) line or central line is present.

BP (blood pressure) – A vital sign that measures the pressure of blood against the walls of the blood vessels.

Cardiac
– Related to the heart.

CMI (case mix index) – The Medicare rating that measures the severity of a patient’s illness.

Central line – A type of IV placed in the upper chest area that allows easier access to administer medications and take blood samples.

CNA – Certified nursing assistant.

Contact isolation – Isolation due to an infection that is transmitted by touch. Caregivers should use gloves and wear a gown when taking care of a patient who is in contact isolation.

Culture – A test to determine if infection is present and identify which antibiotic to use for that infection.

Decubitis ulcer – An area of skin that breaks down when a body remains in one position for too long without shifting its weight.

Diaphoresis – An abnormal increase in the amount of sweat.

Diastolic – The bottom number of the blood pressure measurement.

Disposition – Placement when a patient leaves the hospital.

Endocrine – Relating to the glandular system.

Fluid overload – An unusual amount of water retained by the body.

GI (gastroenterology) – Related to the gastrointestinal tract (digestive system).

Hematology – Related to blood and blood-producing organs.

HR (heart rate) – A vital sign signaling the amount of times the heart beats in one minute.

Infectious – Related to infections.

Integument – Related to skin, hair and nails.

Interdisciplinary team – A team of caregivers from different specialty areas.

LOS (length of stay) – The amount of time a patient stays in the hospital.

LPN – Licensed practical nurse.

MD – Medical doctor.

Mental status
– A patient’s ability to know the current day, date and time.

Mist therapy – A wound care modality that uses non-contact, low-frequency ultrasound to improve wound healing, usually performed by a physical therapist.

MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus)
– A type of infection that can be transferred by touch (requires contact isolation).

NGT (nasogastric tube) – A feeding tube placed in the nose that runs to the stomach.

Nosocomial decubitis – Bedsores that develop during hospitalization.

NP – Nurse practitioner.

OT – Occupational therapist.

Oncology – The study of cancer.

PA – Physician assistant.

PCT – Patient care technician.

PEG (percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy) – An endoscopic procedure for that involves placing a tube into the stomach through a very small incision in the abdominal wall.

PICC (peripherally inserted central catheter)
– An IV inserted into the upper arm.

PLOF (prior level of function) – The patient’s functional level prior to hospitalization.

PO – Drinking or eating by mouth.

PPN (peripheral parenteral nutrition) – Nutrition provided through an IV.

Pressure ulcer
– An area of skin that breaks down when a body remains in one position for too long without shifting its weight.

Protocol
– Medical guideline.

RD
– Registered dietitian.

Renal – Referring to the kidneys.

RN – Registered nurse.

Stabilized –- Resting comfortably.

Systolic
– The top number of the blood pressure measurement.

TPN (total parenteral nutrition) – Nutrition provided through an IV.

Tube feeding – Liquid formula provided by a tube through either the nose or stomach.

UTI (urinary tract infection)
– An infection of the urinary system.

Vascular
– Related to the blood vessels and circulatory system.

Vital signs – The measurement of how fast the heart is beating, how fast a patient is breathing and body temperature.

VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococci)
– An infection that can be transferred by touch (requires contact isolation).

WOCN – Certified ostomy continence nurse.

Wound vac – A modality that uses suction (vacuum) to assist closing a wound.
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