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In the direction of  
Warfarin Sodium (Rx)
Brand name; Coumadin. Generic name; Warfarin sodium. Classified as an Anticoagulant. It is used for reducing the blood's ability to clot with post stroke and post cardiac events. It is used to prevent thrombosis and thromboembolism formation and migration. Clients who take Coumadin may experience cramps, anorexia, headache, or mouth sores. It is best to consult the client's primary care provider before massage. Deep tissue techniques are contraindicated and ask about cardiac implants.
Warm zone
The area located between the hot zone and the cold zone at a hazardous materials incident. The decontamination corridor is located in the warm zone.  
Weapon of Mass Casualty (WMC)
Any agent designed to bring about mass death, casualties, and/or massive damage to property and infrastructure (bridges, tunnels, airports, and seaports); also known as a Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD).  
Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD)
Any agent designed to bring about mass death, casualties, and/or massive damage to property and infrastructure (bridges, tunnels, airports, and seaports); also known as a Weapon of Mass Casualty (WMC).  
Weaponization
The creation of a weapon from a biologic agent generally found in nature and that causes disease; the agent is cultivated, synthesized, and/or mutated to maximize the target population's exposure to the germ.  
Wheal
A raised, swollen, well-defined area on the skin resulting from an insect bite or allergic reaction.  
Wheeled ambulance stretcher
A specially designed stretcher that can be rolled along the ground. A collapsible undercarriage allows it to be loaded into the ambulance. Also called the stretcher or an ambulance stretcher.  
Wheezes
High-pitched sounds heard when air moves through constricted airways; commonly occurs in patients with asthma; the production of whistling sounds during expiration such as occurs in asthma and bronchiolitis.  
-Where
Location e.g. anywhere  
Whiplash
An injury to the soft tissues of the neck caused by sudden hyperextension and/or flexion of the neck.  
White blood cells
Blood cells that have a role in the body's immune defense mechanisms against infection; also called leukocytes.  
White matter
White substance of the central nervous system (CNS); the myelinated nerve fibers.  
Wide open rate
No restriction of fluid flow from the IV bag to the patient.  
-Wise
Direction e.g. clockwise  
With-
Together; united  
Word elements
The parts of a word; the prefix, root, and suffix.  
Work
The product of force times distance.  
Work ethic
A set of values based on the moral virtues of hard work and diligence.  
Work of breathing
An indicator of oxygenation and ventilation. Work of breathing reflects the child's attempt to compensate for hypoxia.  
 

 

     

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