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(plāt) To braid; to make separate strands of tissue into a ropelike structure, e.g., during tendon repair.


(plan) [Fr. plan, ground, groundwork, plan] The conscious design of desired future states and of the goals, objectives, and activities required.

birth p. Written specifications for the management of labor, delivery, and recovery as desired by the expectant mother or couple and approved by the physician or midwife. Components usually include pain management techniques and comfort during labor; medications that may be used; family participation and other maternal supporters; methods that may be employed for anesthesia, delivery and monitoring; and early care of the newborn. SEE: Lamaze method; Leboyer method.

care p. A description of the goals, prognosis, and proposed interventions for a particular patient, including criteria for discharge and the optimal duration and frequency of therapeutic interventions.

disaster recovery p. A document defining the resources, actions, tasks, and data for managing the recovery of lost databases, programs, or other computing functions in the event of catastrophic damage to the computing infrastructure of an organization.

eating p. Diet (2).

emergency action p. 1. A protocol used during catastrophic events or mass casualties. 2. A protocol for use during hectic, or rapidly changing conditions in patient care.

health p. A corporation that provides medical insurance.

individual education p. ABBR: IEP. A federally required, individual program of goals and methods for addressing needs of students receiving special education and related services in public schools. The goals and methods are required under the provisions of federal legislation providing for a free and appropriate public education for individuals with disabilities, as amended (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [IDEA]-PL 101–476, amended in 2004). The law mandates that for each child receiving special education services under the act, a written plan, involving input from teachers, service providers, and parents, will document the needs of the child, how those special needs will be addressed, and when and how the effectiveness of the services will be evaluated.

individualized family service p. ABBR: IFSP. A written document, developed by service personnel and parents of young children with disabilities, that describes plans for intervention and educational placement. Twenty-five percent of occupational therapists now practice in school settings in order to meet the legislated mandate for public schools to provide related services for children with disabilities.

medical care p. The goals of the physician’s care and the treatment instituted to accomplish them.

nursing care p. The statement of the goals and objectives of the nursing care provided for the patient and the activities or tasks required to accomplish the plan, including the criteria to be used to evaluate the effectiveness and appropriateness of the plan.


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