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Respiratory System Vocabulary

Emergency Procedures

       Respiratory System           Key Terms:

  1. Respirations  Breathing in and out


  1. Inhale/inspiration   To breath in


  1. Exhale/expiration    To breath out


  1. Trachea  “wind pipe”   hollow tube that has rings of cartilage to prevent collapse. Carries air to and from the lungs from the mouth and nose.

    Diaphragm  Muscular layer that lies just below the lungs, responsible for contracting and relaxing as it facilitates inhaling and exhaling.


    Sternum  Boney structure that connects the ribcage. It is strong and helps protect the heart and lungs. “Breast Plate”


    Respiratory distress  Distress = Difficutly BREATHING


    Respiratory arrest  Arrest = Breathing Stops completely


    Dyspnea  Dys means difficult  

    means Breathing so…

    Dyspnea means Difficult Breathing


    Apnea   A means not or absence   so it means Absence or NOT breathing


    Cyanosis    Cyan means BLUE   Osis means any condition of    so….it means a condition of being blue.  When we don’t get enough oxygen..the tissues turn a blueish color.  Expecially the skin around the mouth, fingers and toes and the nail beds      

  2. Asthma   Asthma is a chronic “continuous and ongoing”  disease involving the airways in the lungs. These airways, or bronchial tubes, allow air to come in and out of the lungs. With asthma, certain conditions trigger a “spell” which causes a narrowing/constriction of the bronchial tubes and dyspnea.

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  4. Allergic reaction Can be mild with minor itching etc. Life threatening symptoms can arise when the allergic reaction is severe and impedes the breathing process by narrowing the bronchial tubes and/or causing swelling  in the mouth or throat which can block the airway. 
  5. Anaphylactic shock    Is defined as  a serious, life-threatening allergic reaction! The most common anaphylactic reactions are to foods, insect stings, medications. If you are allergic to a substance, your immune system overreacts to this allergen by releasing chemicals that cause allergy symptoms.
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  7. 23)  Epi pen    Is an Auto (self) injector.  A medical apparatus that is used to in emergency  situations to deliver an injection of the drug Epinephrine. People who have serious issues with allergies may be prescribed one by their doctors. They are supposed to keep it with them and use it in breathing emergencies. It is referred to as an Auto-injector because they are taught to inject into their leg all by themselves.  However, sometimes they need assistance in using it. You will learn how to do that in this course.    

  8.  Bradypnea   Brady = slower than normal ( Brad like Braiding hair - Image result for braid  so it means breathing really slow!  Normal breathing is 12 to 20 times per minute or 20 rpm

  10. Inhaler  - an apparatus or piece of medical equipment used to deliver medication directly into the lungs. Normally used for emergency situation involving someone who has asthma.
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  12. Obstruction     Means a blockage or barrier. When the airway becomes blocked with food or other small objects and we become choked…that is a fancy way of saying it “My patient is choking, they have an airway  obstruction!”

  14. Bronchial tubes    Tubes that branch off of the trachea and carry air to the lungs

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  16. Alveoli  tiny little grape-like clusters of microscopic air sacs that are attached to the bronchioles in the lungs.  This is the place where gas exchange occurs. Oxygen in and Carbon Dioxide out.
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  18. Aspiration      A condition in which food, liquids, saliva, or vomit is breathed into the airways. 
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  20. Rescue breathing    is basically breathing for the person, helping to prevent brain damage and death in the patient. 
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          Mouth to mouth                Using a breathing Barrier










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