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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Puncture Wound

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A wound with little bleeding, caused by a sharp pointed object piercing and entering the skin.

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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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Bag-Valve-Mask (BVM)

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A device with a face mask attached to a bag with a reservoir, and connected to oxygen, that is capable of delivering 90% supplemental oxygen to a patient.

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Silent Drowning

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A drowning caused by several physical conditions such as a heart attack or stroke, where the surface of the water shows no signs of struggle.

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Head-tilt/Chin-lift

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Tilting the head back while lifting the chin to open the airway of an unconscious person.

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