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chapter 35 ambulance operations

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air ambulances
fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters that have been modified for medical care; used to evacuate and transport patients with life-threatening injuries to treatment facilities
ambulance
a specialized vehicle for treating and transporting sick and injured patients
blind spots
areas of the road that are blocked from the driver's sight by their own vehicle or mirrors
cleaning
the process of removing dirt, dust, blood, or other visible contaminants from a surface
CPR board
a device that provides a firm surface under the patient's torso
cushion of safety
keeping a safe distance between your vehicle and other vehicles to any side of you
decontaminate
to remove or neutralize radiation, chemical, or other hazardous material from clothing, equipment, vehicles, and personnel
disinfection
the killing of pathogenic agents by direct application of chemicals
emergency mode
the use of lights and sirens
first-responder vehicle
a specialized vehicle used to transport EMS equipment and personnel to the scenes of medical emergencies
high-level disinfection
the killing of pathogenic agents by using potent means of disinfection
hydroplaning
a condition in which the tires of a vehicle may be lifted off the road surface as water "piles up" under them, making the vehicle feel as though it is floating
jump kit
a portable kit containing items that are used in the initial care of the patient
medivac
medical evacuation of a patient by helicopter
spotter
a person who assists a driver in backing up an ambulance in order to compensate for blind spots at the back of the vehicle
Star of Life
the six-pointed star that identifies vehicles that meet federal specifications as licensed or certified ambulances
sterilization
a process, such as heating, that removes microbial contamination