chapter 21 glossary

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  1. Algorithm
    A logic tree in flowchart format that simply states: if this, then do that; if not this, then do this other thing. This can be useful during an emergency when time is of the essence.
  2. Blind insertion airway device (BIAD)
    An airway management tool that is placed blindly and provides an airway that is superior to face-mask ventilation, yet is not as protective as an endotracheal tube.
  3. Protocols
    A written set of mandatory instructions for the Paramedic to use in specific situations in the absence of the physician.
  4. Working diagnosis
    A presumptive conclusion the Paramedic makes based on the available signs and symptoms.
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