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Glossary of Healthcare Terms and Codes

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Common Abbreviations and Health Care Acronyms

If you ever wondered what CARF and JCAHO and QIO and NCQA stood for, this Web site will provide a fast definition of these and other terms. Glossary of Health Care Terms and Acronyms is provided by the Delaware Healthcare Association

CPT and ICD-9 CM Codes for Outpatient Surgical Procedures (pdf)

Includes procedure codes for outpatient colonoscopy, laparoscopy & laparoscopic surgery including hysteroscopy and cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal), breast biopsy & surgery such as reconstruction, hernia repair, liposuction, facial surgery such as blepharoplasty, and knee arthroscopy. Geared to people with coding or clinical knowledge. June 2006 by Virginia Health Information (vhi.org)

Diagnostic Imaging Procedures: x-ray, MRI, CT, PET scans (RadiologyInfo)

All kinds of imaging tests are described here - angiograms, colonoscopy and colonography, x-ray guided biopsy, mammography, MRI, CAT scans, head CT, ultrasound, bone densitometry, calcium scoring, some cancer treatments and hundreds more. RadiologyInfo™ is the public information Web site of the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). It informs the public about diagnostic radiology and interventional procedures, nuclear medicine and radiation therapy

Glossary - Asthma (Cleveland Clinic)

Find all the terms you want to know about asthma: spirometry, pulse oximetry, inhaler, nebulizer, bronchodilator, peak flow meter, pulmonary function tests, dyspnea, spacer, Theophylline, wheezing and more

Glossary - Cancer Terms

Large glossary of terms used with cancer patients, written in easy-to-understand descriptions. Terms include BRCA1, biopsy, laparoscopy, neutropenia (a common side effect of chemotherapy), p53 gene, marker, resection, for example. CancerHelp UK is the award-winning patient information website of Cancer Research UK, a leading charity based in London, England, dedicated to cancer research

Glossary - Heart Rhythm Disorders

Glossary of terms related to heart rhythm disorders. Includes Atrial fibrillation (A Fib), Ejection fraction, Electrophysiology (EP) test, ACE inhibitors, Beta-blockers, Bradycardia, Tachycardia, Dyspnea, ICDs, pacemakers and more. From the Heart Rhythm Society, a group representing physicians and scientists in the field of cardiac arrhythmia. Directory of cardiology subspecialists called electrophysiologists also found under Find a Specialist

Glossary - Lab Tests Online  Editor's Pick

Find out what a Biopsy is, or what Benign means, using the Glossary list, or use the Test section (on left) to learn definitions of lab tests like CBC, lipid profile, blood tests like hemoglobin, etc. Tons of information if you use the full menus including Conditions and Screening. Adheres to HONcode

Glossary - Labor & Birth Terms

Short descriptions of terms related to pregnant women going into labor and giving birth - including amniotic fluid, APGAR, breech, epidural, fetal distress, placenta previa, post partum to name a few. Updated 2013 by the American Pregnancy Association

Glossary - Organ Donation and Transplantation

Glossary by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), explains terms such as Acute or Chronic Rejection, Allocation Policies, Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR), Graft Survival, histocompatibility and more

Glossary - Orthopedic Terms and Definitions  Editor's Pick

Find definitions of terms like arthroscopy and arthroplasty. Very large glossary with short definitions, by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Parts of the body and common problems like fractures or bunions are described (click on tabs on left of the page)

MedlinePlus: Medical Dictionary

Many terms unique to the healthcare field can be found here, like JCAHO and DRG. Enter the word you are looking for

Medspeak - What did my doctor say? (MLA)

The Medical Library Association describes Medspeak as the special language of health professionals. This site explains and defines common healthcare terms, so you can better understand your doctors and staff

Pregnancy Complications: American Pregnancy Association

Six common pregnancy complications including ectopic pregnancy, gestational diabetes, Group B strep infection, low birth weight, preterm labor, and RH Factor. Easy to read resource

Sentinel Event Definitions

The Joint Commission (which accredits healthcare organizations, formerly JCAHO) defines Sentinel Events for hospitals and other health care settings

Other Helpful Listings

Dermatology A to Z Glossary (AAD)

Glossary of terms related to skin conditions, dermatologic procedures and other topics in the field of dermatology by the American Academy of Dermatology. Includes videos on special topics. For the public

Drugs - Guide, including Slang Terms

If you ever wondered what (illegal) street drugs were called, or what prescription drugs might be referred to when misused, this site by The Partnership for a Drug-free America will give it to you straight for 40 common drugs. Includes pictures of the pills

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