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NorQuest Health Dictionary

A research guide focused on medical terminology

Jaundice

A yellow discolouration of the skin and whites of the eyes caused by certain liver conditions. If a client appears to have a yellow hue to the skin it is important to report this observation to the supervisor. FOCC 1000 Unit C4

A yellow discolouration of the skin and whites of the eyes caused by certain liver conditions. If jaundice is noticed when caring for an infant, it is important to report this observation immediately to the supervisor. SCSF 1000 unit F4

Jejunostomy

An opening created through the wall of the abdomen into the small intestine. If tube feeding is required, then a jejunostomy is surgically created to allow a J-tube to enter the small intestine through the abdomen. SCAE 1000 Unit E5

Jejunostomy tube/J-tube

The tube that is inserted into a jejunostomy to allow food to go into the small intestine; also called a J-tube. The J-tube is used as a long-term method for feeding a client. SCAE 1000 Unit E5

Job description

A list of the job-related duties and responsibilities of a worker. It is important for the HCA to know and understand her job description. RRHB 1000 Unit B2

Joint/joints

The point at which bones are joined together and are able to move in a particular way. Ligaments connect the bones together at a joint and allow movement of the bones. FOCC 1000 Unit C2