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Common Acronyms in Health Care

If you have wondered what QIO, ADC, ADE, CARF, TJC or a host of other acronyms are in your healthcare management or board work, this list will help. Eight pages, prepared by The Joint Commission, an accrediting body for hospitals and other healthcare organizations. Amazingly, the common (outdated) reference to the Joint Commission, still in use – the old “JCAHO”, is not mentioned in the list.

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

Includes selected 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 ( Confirm with your provider or insurance company, since this list is old.

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

All kinds of diagnostic imaging procedures and tests are described at RadiologyInfo. Examples include angiograms, colonoscopy and colonography, x-ray guided biopsy, mammography, MRI, CAT scans, head CT, PET scans, 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)

Glossary for asthma, by the 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 and Information (UK)

General cancer information and 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), TP53 gene, marker, resection, for example. Cancer Research UK, a leading charity based in London, England, dedicated to cancer research, developed the original award-winning patient information website known as CancerHelp UK

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 from Lab Tests Online. Or use the Tests Index from the drop-down tab to find 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 2014 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 orthopedic terms like arthroscopy and arthroplasty. Very large glossary with definitions and articles, by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Parts of the body and common problems like fractures or bunions are described (use search function). Orthoinfo

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, updated 2017 by the American Pregnancy Association.

Sentinel Event Definitions

The Joint Commission (which accredits healthcare organizations, formerly JCAHO) defines Sentinel Events for hospitals and other health care settings.  Sentinel events reach patients and result in Death, Permanent harm, or Severe temporary harm and intervention required to sustain life.  They require immediate investigation. Updated 2017.

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 (AAD). 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 Kids will give it to you straight for nearly 50 common drugs. Includes pictures of the pills

Sourcebook: Essentials of Health Policy – for journalists

Sourcebook is a large document from the nonprofit Alliance for Health Policy that provides baseline information on a wide variety of healthcare issues, including long term care, mental health. Glossary included. Originally written with reporters and journalists in mind; updated 2017

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