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bain coaxial circuit

Used in anesthesia, this variant of a T-piece is a coaxial system in which fresh gas flows through a narrow inner tube within the outer corrugated tubing. The patient inspires fresh gas from the outer reservoir tube and expires into the reservoir tube. The fresh gas that is flowing into the system at the time of expiration is wasted as it is contaminated by expired gas, so there is an expiratory pause in which the fresh gas from the inner tube washes the expired gas out of the reservoir tube, filling it with fresh gas for the next inspiration.

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bariatric

The branch of medicine which deals with the causes, prevention, and treatment of obesity, both pharmacological and surgical. Bariatric medical furniture, such as bariatric chairs and bariatric tables, are designed to accommodate the special needs of overweight or obese people.

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bilbao-dotter tube

An intestinal tube placed into the duodenum or jejunum for the performance of various gastrointestinal radiologic studies. The tube is placed with the aid of a stiffening guide wire.

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BiPAP

BiPAP stands for Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure. It is a breathing apparatus that helps people get more air into their lungs. The development of BiPAP allowed air delivered through a mask to be set at one pressure for inhaling and another for exhaling. Because of these dual settings, BiPAP allows people to get more air in and out of the lungs without the natural muscular effort needed to do so.

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bipolar electrocautery

Also known as diathermy, this is one of the two types of electrocautery. With this type, the active and receiving electrodes are both placed at the site of cauterization. The probe is usually in the shape of a forceps with each tine forming one electrode, cauterizing only the tissue between the electrodes. For information on the other type of electrocautery, see Monopolar Electrocautery.

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Blake gallstone forceps

Used for removing gallstones from gallbladder. Jaws can be straight or curved.

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blood pressure

Blood pressure is a measurement of the pressure inside the arteries as blood is pushed through the circulatory system. This pressure is highest when the venticles in the heart contract to push blood into the system (measured as the systolic reading, or the top number of blood pressure), and lowest when the venticles are relaxed (measured as the diastolic reading, or the bottom number of blood pressure). Both of these pressures are measured in millimetres of mercury. Normal blood pressure is 120/80. A reading of 140/90 or higher is considered to be high blood pressure (also referred to as hypertension).

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bone forceps

Strong forceps used for seizing or removing fragments of bone.

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bone plate

A bone plate is a thin metal implant used to immobilize bone segments. The plate is affixed with screws to properly align the bone and aid in the healing process.

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bone screw

A bone screw is a metal implant inserted into the bone. Screws are used to immobilize fractured bone segments to aid in the healing process, and as an adjunct to spine fusion surgery to help hold implants in place.

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Bonney tissue forceps

Used to grasp soft and bony tissue or to assist with closing wounds. Available in various lengths and number of teeth.

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bougie

Cylindrical tubing which can be inserted to widen a passageway, dislodge an object, or guide an instrument as esophageal dilators. Bougies, which can be plastic, rubber or metal, are often used as an esophageal dilator or endotracheal tube introducer.

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brachial stethoscope

A strap-on stethoscope head with a long tube attaching it to the ear-pieces. It fits under a cuff encircling the patient's arm which can be inflated and deflated remotely so that the drapes do not have to be disturbed.

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breast reduction

Also known as “reduction mammoplasty,” a breast reduction is normally performed as an outpatient procedure. This surgical procedure involves the removal of fat, excess breast tissue, and skin, resulting in a smaller breast size. This procedure is normally performed in women who are experiencing back pain or self-esteen issues due to the size of their breasts.

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Brown thumb forceps

Used for grasping tissue, especially in plastic surgery procedures.

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