Nursing, Personal Care Attendant (PCA)

Specimens, Sputum, Stoma, Suppositories, Anti-pressure devices



Specimens: Specimens are samples collected and sent to a laboratory for testing and diagnosis.

Sputum: Sputum is mucus coughed up from the lungs. It is not saliva.

Stoma: A Stoma is the outer skin of the opening of an ostomy. This skin is fragile and prone to breakdown.

Suppositories: Suppositories are a cone shaped, waxy medication used in the rectum or vagina, depending on what the treatment is for. It melts after insertion and the medication is absorbed through the surface vessels.

Anti-pressure devices: Anti-pressure devices are designed to relieve pressure on pressure points, thereby reducing the risk of pressure ulcers. This type of device includes egg-crate mattresses, gel cushions, air or fluid filled pillows, or a bed cradle that lifts bedding up away from the toes.