Glos·sa·ry

A list of generally uncommon words with their definitions.

We have put together a glossary of terms from the aquatics industry. Use this glossary as a resource for learning or just to refresh your memory. The search area below will allow you to find out more information about a process, piece of equipment and more!

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Abdominal Thrust

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Pushing upward on the abdomen to remove a foreign body obstruction and open the airway.

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Automated external defibrillator (AED)

Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

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A device that analyzes the heart's rhythm and signals the need to administer an electric shock (defibrillation) to a patient in cardiac arrest.

Coccyx

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The tailbone and last 3 to 4 vertebrae of the spine.

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Emergency Medical System (EMS)

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Trained personnel who respond to an emergency when you call 911 or your local emergency number.

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Backboarding

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The process used by two or more lifeguards to remove a guest with a suspected spinal cord injury from the water without further injury to the spine.

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Ventricular Tachycardia

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An abnormal heart rhythm that causes the heart to beat too fast to effectively pump blood.

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