Ch. 2 Wellness of the EMT

  1. Define burnout
    A condition of chronic fatigue and frustration that results from mounting stress over time.
  2. Define carrier
    An animal or person who is infected with and may transmit an infectious disease but may not display any symptoms of it; also known as a vector.
  3. What is a critical incident stress debriefing (CISD)?
    A confidential peer group discussion of a severely stressful incident that usually occurs within 24 to 72 hours of the incident.
  4. What is a critical incident stress management (CISM)?
    A process that confronts the responses to critical incidents and defuses them, directing the emergency services personnel toward physical and emotional equilibrium.
  5. What is hepatitis?
    Inflammation of the liver, usually caused by a viral infection, that causes fever, loss of appetite, jaundice, fatigue, and altered liver function.
  6. What is a host?
    The organism or individual that is attacked by the infecting agent.
  7. What is meningitis?
    An inflammation of the meningeal coverings of the brain and spinal cord; it is usually caused by a virus or a bacterium.
  8. What is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)?
    The federal regulatory compliance agency that develops, publishes, and enforces guidelines concerning safety in the workplace.
  9. What is posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?
    A delayed stress reaction to a prior incident. This delayed reaction is often the result of one or more unresolved issues concerning the incident.

    • what is SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome)?
    • Potentially life-threatening viral infection that usually starts with flu-like symptoms.
  10. Define transmission
    The way in which an infectious agent is spread: contact, airborne, by vehicles, or by vectors.
  11. what is tuberculosis?
    A chronic bacterial disease, caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, that usually affects the lungs but can also affect other organs such as the brain or kidneys.
  12. Define virulence
    The strength or ability of a pathogen to produce disease.
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Ch. 2 Wellness of the EMT
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