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Arbitration

submitting a dispute for resolution to a person other than a judge

Compensatory damages

an amount of money awarded by the court to make up for loss of income or emotional pain and suffering

Feasance

doing an act or performing a duty

Malpractice

professional misconduct or demonstration of an unreasonable lack of skill with the result of injury, loss, or damage to the patient

Negligence

an unintentional action that occurs when a person either performs or fails to perform an action that a " reasonable person" would or would not have committed in a similar situation

Autopsy

a postmortem examination of organs and tissue to determine the cause of death

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

a division of the Department of Justice that enforces the Controlled Substances Act of 1970

Electrophysiology

is the study of the electrical system of the heart and includes the study of arrhythmias

Morbidity rate

the rate of sick people or cases of disease in relationship to a specific population

Probable cause

a reasonable belief that something improper has occurred

Autonomy

independence

Discrimination

unfair or unequal treatment

Nuclear Cardiology

is a diagnostic specialty that plays a very important role in modern cardiology

Parenteral

medication route other than the alimentary canal (oral or rectal) including subcutaneous, intravenous, and intramuscular routes

Stereotyping

negative generalities concerning specific characteristics about a groupare applied to an entire population

Disclosed

made unknown

Doctrine of professional discretion

means that a physician may determine, based on his or her best judgment, if a patient with mental or emotional problems should view the medical record

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organzation (JCAHO)

an agency that oversees hospital accreditation standards

Problem oriented medical record (POMR)

method of documentation that focuses on the patient's problems, not just on the diagnosis

SOAP

subjective, objective, assessment, plan

Covered entities

healthcare organizations covered under HIPAA regulations such as public health authorities, healthcare clearing-houses, and self-insured employers, life insurers, information systems venders, and universities

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)

regulates the privacy of patients health information

Notice of Privacy Practices (NPP)

a written statement that details the provider's privacy practices

Protected Health Information (PHI)

any individually identifiable information that relates to the physical or mental condition of the provision of healthcare to an individual

Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN)

a wireless system that is used by physicians and nurses to access patient information

AED

automated external defibrillator

Aneurysm

sac formed by a local widening of the wall of an artery

Angi/o

vessel

Brady-

slow

CABG

coronary artery bypass graft

Cardi/o

heart

CHD

congenital dislocation of hip

CHF

congestive heart failure

Constriction

process of drawing together

Cyanosis

of the skin caused by oxygen deficiency in the fingernails

ECHO

echocardiogram

Flutter

heartbeat in which the contractions become extremely rapid

-graph

to write, record, instrument for

Hem/o

blood

Ischemia

lack of blood supply to a part of the body

-megaly

enlargement, large

MRI

magnetic resonance imaging

My/o

muscle

Occlusion

process or state of being closed

Oximetry

process of measuring the oxygen saturation of blood

Pector

chest

SOB

shortness of breath

Stent

device used to expand artery opening

Tachy-

fast

Venipuncture

to pierce a vein with a needle

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