Penn Home IT Glossary
Please use for reference only.
Penn Home Infusion Team
University of Pennsylvania Health System
Last Modified: November 1, 2001
|This glossary will help you to understand some of the words and phrases used when|
describing infusion therapy. Not all of the words will relate to your program.
|Additive||Medication or vitamin added to the IV solution.|
|Ambulatory||Able to walk around.|
|Amino Acids||The basic building blocks of protein.|
|Ampule||A small, sealed glass container of medication used one time only.|
|Analgesic||Medicine which relieves pain.|
|Antibiotic||Medication used to fight an infection by killing bacteria.|
|Antiseptic||A solution that stops bacteria from multiplying.|
|Aseptic||Free of bacteria.|
|Bacteria||Germas that may cause infection.|
|Bolus||Infusion of a medication or solution over a short period of time.|
|Carbohydrates||Sugars and starches that are energy sources for the body.|
|Chemotherapy||Medication that kills cancer cells.|
|Contaminated||Dirty, soiled or infected by coming into contact with unsterile objects or surfaces.|
|cc||A unit of measurement which means cubic centimeter. Same as ml.|
|Cycle||Giving infusion therapy for only a certain number of hours each day.|
|Dextrose||Type of sugar.|
A unit of measurement which means millimeter. Same as cc.
Nutrients that the body uses such as iron and zinc.
Parts of food which the body needs to make new cells and tissues.
Administration of fluides, nutrients or medication directly into the vein.
A series of steps to follow.
The amount of feeding left in the stomach from prior feeding.
An infection throughout the body caused by germs or bacteria in the blood stream.
Free from bacteria or other contamination.
Method of giving medications under the skin.
Minerals that the body requires in very small amounts.
Essential nutrients that the body needs for a variety of functions.
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