Glossary – here are some definitions of the medical terms that appear in Kristian’s Story


HDU – High Dependency Unit


sats – short for ‘oxygen saturation’ – a measure of the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream


ICU – Intensive Care Unit


PALS – Patient Advice and Liaison Service


EEG – Electroencephalography- a recording of the electrical activity across the scalp


LGI – Leeds General Infirmary


BRI – Bradford Royal Infirmary


CT scan – Computerised tomography scan – scan using x-rays to created detailed images of the inside of your body


TED stockings – Thrombo Embolus Deterrent Stockings – medical stockings for bed-bound patients after an operation to help prevent blood clots and equalise blood pressure


PICC line – peripherally inserted central catheter – an intravenous form of administering drugs that can be used for a prolonged period of time


Cannula – a tube inserted into the body for the delivery or removal of fluid


NG tube – nasogastric tube – a feeding tube passed through the nose and down the oesophagus into the stomach


IV line – intravenous line, or ‘drip’


meds – short for ‘medications’


SHO – Senior House Officer