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surgical

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(sŭr′jĭ-kăl) Of the nature of or pert. to surgery.

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surgical asepsis

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The maintenance of strict disinfection procedures or antisepsis and infection control practices during an operation.

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surgical count

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SEE: under count.

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surgical cutting block

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Surgical cutting guide.

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surgical cutting guide

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A tool that holds an organ, e.g., a bone, in place during an operation to limit the size of the incision or to rotate the organ and the blade along the same fixed axes. SYN: surgical cutting block.

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surgical dressing

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SEE: under dressing.

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surgical field

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SEE: under field.

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surgical margin

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SEE: under margin.

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surgical marking

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Skin marking.

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surgical prep

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A colloquial term for SEE: surgical site preparation.

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surgical recovery, delayed

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Extension of the number of postoperative days required to initiate and perform activities that maintain life, health, and well-being. SEE: Nursing Diagnoses Appendix.

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surgical recovery, risk for delayed

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Vulnerable to an extension of the number of postoperative days required to initiate and perform activities that maintain life, health, and well-being, which may compromise health. SEE: Nursing Diagnoses Appendix.

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surgical release

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SEE: under release.

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surgical resident

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SEE: under resident.

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surgical site preparation

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The removal of debris, dirt, microorganisms, oils, and scales from the operative site, e.g., skin or mucosa, of a patient about to undergo surgical incision or instrumentation.

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surgical technologist

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A technologist who assists in many operating room functions, including preparing the patient for surgery, ensuring the sterility of the operating room, operating equipment during surgery, and, in some instances, working as a surgical first assistant.

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surgical towel

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A sterile drape used to cover the body during surgery.

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surgical ventricular reconstruction

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SEE: under reconstruction.

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surname

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(sŭr′nām″) The family name, as distinguished from a person's first or given name. In some societies (such as Hungarian, Japanese, Chinese), the surname is written first.

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surrender

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(sŭr-ĕn′dĕr) [O.Fr. surrendre] Giving up a health care professional license, e.g., at retirement or as a means of resolving a disciplinary action brought forward by a health care supervisory board.

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surreptitious

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(sŭr″ĕp-tish′ŭs) [L. surrepticius, concealed, stolen] Evasive, secretive, or stealthy; attempting to avoid detection. surreptitiously (-tish′ŭs-lē), adv.

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