Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Medical Terms Glossary

Consent form
A form signed by a child’s parent or legal guardian authorizing the hospital’s staff to provide medical care. If your child needs surgery or a special procedure, a physician will explain it and its potential risks. You will be asked to sign a separate surgical consent form.

Consulting physician
A medical doctor with a particular area of expertise who may be asked to help diagnose and treat your child. Your attending physician will request that this doctor be involved.

A physician who has completed a residency and is training in a subspecialty. 

Informed consent
A legal standard defining how much a patient (parent/guardian) must know about the potential effects and risks of therapy before being able to undergo it knowledgeably and accept legal responsibility for the result.

Isolation room
Isolation rooms house a single patient who requires protection from germs that others may carry or who has an infection that could easily be spread to other patients. Isolation room doors must be closed at all times. Visitors and health care workers may need to wear special clothing before entering the room. Although your child will not be able to visit the play and activity rooms, special arrangements will be made for your child to participate in activities through the Child Life Department.

IV Therapists
IV therapists are nurses who are specially trained in starting IVs on children.

Laboratory Technologist
These medical technologists perform tests on specimens obtained from your child that help physicians diagnose and treat conditions.

Multidisciplinary team
A team of professionals from various specialties who care for a patient and family. Health care can present complex problems requiring experts in many areas. Children's Hospital's multidisciplinary approach ensures your child will receive the best and most efficient care possible.

Nursing report
The nursing report occurs at the change of each shift: 6:45 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. Nurses from previous and subsequent shifts share necessary information about the patients’ care and needs. As a partner in your child's care, participation in the nursing report helps you and the nursing staff coordinate a plan of care. 

Pharmacists are persons trained to prepare and distribute medications. They can tell you how to use a medication properly, how different drugs may interact, and how a drug may affect your child’s illness. All pharmacists that practice at Children’s Hospital are especially trained for the medication needs of children.

These persons work for the hospital’s clinical laboratory and draw the samples of blood used to help diagnose your child’s condition.

Pre-admission testing
Testing ordered by your physician that must be completed before your child’s admission.

Groups of physicians, nurses, and other staff move from patient to patient to discuss each child’s medical needs and progress. Sometimes the physicians will come into your room and talk with you and your child. Other times they will remain outside your room to discuss care. As a partner in your child’s care, participation in rounds helps you and your child’s health care providers coordinate a plan of care.

Universal Precautions
Certain precautions have been adopted by hospitals throughout the country to prevent the transmission of various diseases, including blood-borne disease. These special procedures, called Universal Precautions, were established by the National Centers for Disease Control. Universal Precautions are used by all health care workers who may come in contact with blood or body fluids when caring for a patient.

Hand washing is an essential component of Universal Precautions to prevent the spread of infections. You may notice certain health care workers use gloves, gowns, protective eyewear, and/or masks while caring for your child. You may also be asked to wash your hands or wear special clothing before entering your child’s room. The staff should often disinfect their hands with a waterless solution located outside the room.

Last Edited: July 12, 2016
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