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contamination
the introduction of dangerous chemicals, disease, or infectious materials
critical incident stress management (CISM)
a comprehensive system that includes education and resources to both prevent stress and to deal with stress appropriately when it occurs
decontaminations
the removal or cleansing of dangerous chemicals and other dangerous or infectious materials
hazardous-material incident
the release of a harmful substance into the environment
multiple-casualty incident (MCI)
an emergency involving multiple patients
pathogens
the organisms that cause infection, such as viruses and bacteria
personal protective equipment (PPE)
equipment that protects the EMS worker from infection and/or exposure to the dangers of rescue operations
standard precautions
a strict form of infections control that is based on the assumption that all blood and other body fluids are infectious
stress
a state of physical and/or psychological arousal to a stimulus
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