Glos·sa·ry

A list of generally uncommon words with their definitions.

We have put together a glossary of terms from the aquatics industry. Use this glossary as a resource for learning or just to refresh your memory. The search area below will allow you to find out more information about a process, piece of equipment and more!

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Mechanism of Injury

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The means by which the incident occurred, which the first responder should gather for his or her incident report, or for the EMS provider's report.

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Automated external defibrillator (AED)

Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

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A device that analyzes the heart's rhythm and signals the need to administer an electric shock (defibrillation) to a patient in cardiac arrest.

Coccyx

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The tailbone and last 3 to 4 vertebrae of the spine.

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Duck Pluck

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A rescue technique used to bring a person who is just under the water to the top, using a rescue tube.

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Spine

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A column of 33 vertebrae that extend from the base of the head to the tip of the coccyx (tailbone).

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Near Drowning Rescue

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A rescue for an individual who has become unconscious during an immersion incident.

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