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    #16
    HHA = Home Health Aide. They generally have 80-120 hours of training from a state approved program. This varies by state. Some states require a minimum amount of additional training annually. They work for home health agencies (HHA), must be supervised by an RN, and have limited things they are allowed in do. This does not include "skilled care". In most states they are NOT allowed to do bowel care, catheterization, administer meds, or do any other invasive or sterile procedures (such as suctioning, tube feeding or changing sterile dressings).

    CNA = Certified Nursing Assistant. They generally have 80-120 hours of training from a state approved program. This varies by state. Some states require a minimum amount of additional training annually. Most work in nursing homes or hospitals, must be supervised by an RN, and have limited things they are allowed to do. This does not include "skilled care". In most states they are NOT allowed to do bowel care, catheterization, administer meds, or do any other invasive or sterile procedures (such as suctioning, tube feeding or changing sterile dressings).

    PCA = personal care attendant. No training is required, there is no state certification or legal designation. There are few if any training programs. You usually find and train your own, so you can have them do any care you require (bowel care, catheterization, suctioning, ADLs, transfers, etc. etc. etc.). In some states they are funded through Medicaid/Medicare waiver programs. Some states allow them to be friends or family. Many are private pay since insurance rarely will pay for PCA care.

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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      #17
      NFCM~National Family Caregivers Month
      TLCA~The Lifespan Care Act
      NFCSP~National Family Caregiver Support Program
      This time you gave me a mountain, I will see you on the other side.
      Caregiver to son SCI-C5-Incomplete

      David

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        #18
        Originally posted by keps
        IIRC = If I Remember Correctly.
        First thanks to Jazzy Jeff for asking about this in Life, and SJean for linking it....

        and THANKS KEPS for this one...I NEVER know what IIRC means...LOL!!!
        'Chelle
        L-1 inc 11/24/03

        "My Give-a-Damn's Busted"......

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          #19
          GMTA = Great Minds Think Alike

          YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary

          KMBFA = Kiss My Big Fat A** (OK, just made that up, but it has a nice ring to it. )
          Blog:
          Does This Wheelchair Make My Ass Look Fat?

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            #20
            Originally posted by betheny
            GMTA = Great Minds Think Alike

            YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary

            KMBFA = Kiss My Big Fat A** (OK, just made that up, but it has a nice ring to it. )
            YMMV also can translate to Your Method May Vary....all depends on the context of the convo...

            I like KMBFA! I gotta use that one
            'Chelle
            L-1 inc 11/24/03

            "My Give-a-Damn's Busted"......

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              #21
              Originally posted by betheny
              GMTA = Great Minds Think Alike

              YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary

              KMBFA = Kiss My Big Fat A** (OK, just made that up, but it has a nice ring to it. )
              I have noticed people using BMA (bite my ass) on these forums. I guess it could be made spinal-injury relevant and gender specific by changing it to BMBA (bite my bony ass). Wise.

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                #22
                Originally posted by Wise Young
                I have noticed people using BMA (bite my ass) on these forums. I guess it could be made spinal-injury relevant and gender specific by changing it to BMBA (bite my bony ass). Wise.
                Deborah

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                  #23
                  Thanks everybody for all this info, especially Bet,

                  Since I am a fan of DA, I wonder what does DA means??
                  In God we trust; all others bring data. - Edwards Deming

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                    #24
                    Originally posted by paolocipolla
                    Thanks everybody for all this info, especially Bet,

                    Since I am a fan of DA, I wonder what does DA means??

                    DA=Don't Ask.
                    "Leela, you look beautiful. Incidentally, my favorite artist is Picasso."

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                      #25
                      MDRO = multiply drug resistant organism (not just MRSA)

                      MRSA = methacillin resistant staph aureus

                      VRE = vancomycin resistant enterococcus

                      c. diff. = clostridium difficile


                      (KLD)
                      The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                        #26
                        BP - Bowel Program or Blood Pressure, depends on context.

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                          #27
                          Interesting and useful stuff, thanks.

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                            #28
                            TLA = Three Letter Acronym
                            YABA = Yet Another Bloody Abbreviation

                            These can be used in place of many others.
                            http://zagam.net/

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                              #29
                              LMN - Lower Motor Neuron
                              ESC - Embryonic Stem Cell
                              ASC - Adult Stem Cell
                              CRPA - Christopher Reeve Paralysis Act

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                                #30
                                PCP-Priamary Care Physician
                                T6/T7 Incomplete Since June 7th 2008
                                Walking part-time with KAFOs & Walker
                                *Never Quit Pushing*

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