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IBP

A method of measuring blood pressure internally by using a sensitive IV catheter inserted into an artery. This provides a more accurate reading of the patent's current blood pressure.

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incubator

A medical device consisting of an enclosed, heated plexiglass bed, in which environmental conditions (light, photoperiod, temperature, humidity, etc.) are fully controlled, used for chicks or premature infants. Alternatively, incubators are also used for hatching eggs, multiplying micro-organisms, culturing plants, etc.

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infant warmer

Also known as a radiant warmer, an infant warmer is a medical apparatus which consists of an open bed with an overhead warmer which is used to keep an infant warm.

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infusion pump

A device used to infuse fluids, medication or nutrients into a patient's circulatory system in a controlled manner. It is generally used intravenously, although subcutaneous, arterial and epidural infusions are occasionally used.

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infusion therapy

Also known as intravenous (or I.V.) therapy. Concerns the introduction of fluid other than blood into a vein.

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insufflator

A device used to treat medically by blowing a powder, gas, or vapor into a bodily cavity.

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intra-aortic balloon pump

A medical device which uses a balloon catheter which is used to augment the functioning of a severely weakened heart. The catheter is placed in the aorta and is inflated and deflated in synchronization with the patient’s heartbeat.

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intrapartum

Occurring chiefly with reference to a mother during the act of birth

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intravenous catheter

A catheter inserted into veins to give medications and fluids before, during and after medical procedures. Commonly referred to as IV.

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intubation

The process of inserting a breathing tube into the throat down to the trachea to protect and support the airway and allow for mechanical or artificial respiration. This tube, which is usually made of flexible plastic, is connected to an ambu bag, respirator, or ventilator which pushes measure amounts of air into the lungs and lets it out again to assist the patient with breathing.

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irrigation

The washing of a body cavity or surface by flowing solution which is inserted and then removed.

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isoflurane

a widely used inhalation anesthetic.

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isolette

More commonly referred to as an incubator. See "incubator" for additional information.

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