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stoppage of breathing or the lack of air reaching the lungs; synonym for suffocation


the deliberate spread of pathogenic organisms into a community to cause widespread illness, fear, and panic

chemical terrorism

the deliberate release of a chemical compound that has the potential for harming people's health


an emergency event of greater magnitude that requires the response of people outside the involved community


conducting connection between a source of electricity and the earth

intimate partner violence (IPV)

domestic violence or battering between two people in a close relationship

nuclear terrorism

intentional dispersal of radioactive materials into the environment for the purpose of causing injury and death

poison control center

agency that handles poison exposure and provides poison prevention teaching to the general population


device used to limit movement or immobilize a client

safety event report

documentation describing any injury or potential for injury suffered by a patient in a healthcare agency

sentinel event

an unexpected occurrence involving death or serious physical or psychological injury, or the risk thereof

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