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  • 1. ADE (ADVERSE DRUG EVENT)
     

    An injury resulting in the use of a drug. ADE's may result from medication errors, but most do not.

     

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  • 2. ADR (ADVERSE DRUG REACTION)
     

    Harm directly caused by the drug at normal doses, during normal use. Non-preventable ADEs.

     

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  • 3. AE (ADVERSE EVENT)
     

    Any negative patient events that are expressed as symptoms, signs or laboratory abnormalities.

     

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  • 4. AHRQ (AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY)
     

    A part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, which supports research and is designed to improve the outcomes and quality of healthcare. Additionally, the organization seeks to reduce costs, address patient safety and medical errors and broaden access to effective services. The AHRQ conducts and sponsors research, which helps people make more informed decisions and improve the quality of healthcare services.

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  • 5. ALLOGENIC
     

    Used in transplantation denoting tissue, particularly stem cells, from either bone marrow or peripheral blood, that are from the same species, but antigenically distinct.

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  • 6. ALOS (AVERAGE LENGTH OF STAY)
     

    A common statistic associated with the time patients are in a hospital bed. The total number of patient days, divided by the number of admissions and discharges during a specific period of time, which results in an average number of days in the hospital for each person admitted.

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  • 7. AMI (ACUTE MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION)
     

    Commonly referred to as a "heart attack." Caused by a blockage in a blood vessel to the heart muscle. When blood flow is blocked, the heart muscle can die or be damaged, causing the heart to pump less well. There are evidence-based care interventions and best practices for managing AMI symptoms and for treating AMI, that are measured and reported to CMS.

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  • 8. ANALYTICS
     

    Information resulting from the systematic analysis of data or statistics.

     

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  • 9. ANTIGEN
     

    A substance that, when introduced into the body, stimulates the production of an antibody. Antigens include toxins, bacteria, foreign blood cells, and the cells of transplanted organs.

     

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  • 10. ATTENDING PHYSICIAN
     

    The physician assigned to oversee and coordinate the team caring for a patient during hospitalization. In teaching facilities, the attending also supervises and educates physicians-in-training, such as interns, residents, and fellows.

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  • 11. AUTOLOGOUS
     

    Used in transplantation; cells or tissues obtained from the same individual.

     

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  • 12. AVOIDABLE DELAYS
     

    Any part of a patient day in the hospital during which either care is not delivered in a timely fashion or when acute hospital services are not needed or could have been safely/appropriately performed in an alternate setting, such as outpatient.

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  • 13. ACE/ARB (ANGIOTENSIN-CONVERTING ENZYME INHIBITORS / ANGIOTENSIN RECEPTOR BLOCKERS)
     

    Medications that decrease the constriction of blood vessels allowing better blood flow to the kidneys and decreased blood pressure.

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  • 14. ACGME (ACCREDITATION COUNCIL FOR GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION)
     

    A non-profit private council that evaluates and accredits medical residency and internship programs. The ACGME currently oversees the post-graduate education and training for all MD and the majority of DO physicians in the United States.

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