Medical Term Glossary

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ABPI

Ankle-Brachial Pressure Index

A measurement of arterial pressure (often performed using a doppler ultrasound) which indicates the presence or absence of arterial occlusion. Used to eliminate arterial disease involvement in venous leg ulcer therapy.
Values below 0.8 generally imply some arterial occlusion and contra-indicate high compression.


ABPI = Arterial Pressure at Ankle / (divided by) brachial artery pressure

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Anaerobe

A micro organism that lives and grows in the absence of free oxygen.

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Altered Tissue Perfusion
 

When oxygenated blood does not flow freely through vessels to tissues

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Acute Wound

May be planned or unplanned event and healing proceeds in orderly and timely manner.

Eg - surgical incision, trauma, skin tear, abrasion, laceration.

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Abscess
Localised collection of pus in any part of the body
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Autolysis

Disintegration or liquification of tissue or cells by the body's own mechanisms (leukocytes or enzymes); as in autolytic debridement.