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MHS Health Care Glossary

Military Health System (MHS) Health Care Glossary serves as the official repository and consolidated reference (as a secondary source) for terms and definitions used within the MHS. Some terms may have multiple and varying definitions based on the context and primary source of authority. Note that certain definitions may be approved only for limited use in a single primary reference document, while others may have broad applicability in multiple contexts and issuances. To determine the most appropriate definition in a particular context, consult all relevant source documents. Any disparities between this Glossary and primary sources are unintentional, and the primary source shall control.

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Sentinel Event

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/17/2011

An unexpected occurrence involving death or serious physical or psychological injury or risk thereof. Serious injury specifically includes loss of limb or function. The phrase “or the risk thereof” includes any process variation ...

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6025.13: Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) and Clinical Quality Management in the Military Health System (MHS) Instruction

Medical Quality Assurance Program

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/17/2011

Means any peer review activity carried out before, on, or after November 14, 1986 by or for the Department of Defense to assess the quality of medical care, including activities conducted by individuals, military medical or dental treatment ...

Source of Definition

DoD Manual 6025.13: Medical Quality Assurance and Clinical Quality Management in the Military Health System (MHS)

Potential Compensable Event [DoDI 6025.13] (PCE)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/17/2011

An adverse event that results in harm to a patient and presents a possible financial loss to the Federal Government (a malpractice claim or death or disability payment). All PCEs shall be fully investigated by the risk manager and documented ...

Source of Definition

DoD Manual 6025.13: Medical Quality Assurance and Clinical Quality Management in the Military Health System (MHS)

Related Glossary Terms

Potential Compensable Event [DoDM 6025.13]

Sentinel Event [15-006] (SE)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/17/2011

A sentinel event (SE) is a patient safety event (not primarily related to the natural course of the patient’s illness or underlying condition) that reaches a patient and results in any of the following:     

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Source of Definition

DoD Directive 5136.01: Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (ASD(HA))

Related Glossary Terms

Sentinel Event | Sentinel Event

Medical Quality Assurance Record

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/17/2011

The proceedings, records, minutes, and reports that emanate from quality assurance program activities described in paragraph (1) and are produced or compiled by the Department of Defense as part of a medical quality assurance program.

Source of Definition

DoDI 6025.13: Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) and Clinical Quality Management in the Military Health System (MHS)

Related Glossary Terms

Medical Quality Assurance Record

Open Point of Dispensing (POD)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
3/5/2010

A public site designed for dispensation of medications to the general population.

Source of Definition

DoDI 6200.03 Public Health Emergency Management within the Department of Defense

Isolation

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
3/5/2010

The separation of an individual or group infected and/or suspected to be infected with a communicable disease from those who are healthy in such a place and manner to prevent the spread of the communicable disease.

Source of Definition

DoDI 6200.03 Public Health Emergency Management within the Department of Defense

Military Treatment Facility [DoDI 6200.03] (MTF)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
3/5/2010

A facility established for the purpose of furnishing medical and/or dental care to eligible individuals.

Source of Definition

DoDI 6200.03 Public Health Emergency Management within the Department of Defense

Communicable Disease

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
3/5/2010

An illness due to a specific infectious agent or its toxic products that arises through transmission of that agent or its products from an infected and/or affected individual, animal, or a reservoir to a susceptible host, either directly or ...

Source of Definition

DoDI 6200.03 Public Health Emergency Management within the Department of Defense

Quarantine

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
3/5/2010

The separation of an individual or group that has been exposed to a communicable disease, but is not yet ill, from others who have not been so exposed, in such manner and place to prevent the possible spread of the communicable disease.

Source of Definition

DoDI 6200.03 Public Health Emergency Management within the Department of Defense

Public Health Emergency

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
3/5/2010

An occurrence or imminent threat of an illness or health condition that may be caused by a biological incident, manmade or naturally occurring; the appearance of a novel, previously controlled, or eradicated infectious agent or biological ...

Source of Definition

DoDI 6200.03 Public Health Emergency Management within the Department of Defense

Disaster Mental Health (DMH)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
3/5/2010

Provision of prevention, outreach, screening, triage, psychological first aid, education, and referral services to individuals and groups who have had or may have had exposure to an all-hazards incident.

Source of Definition

DoDI 6200.03 Public Health Emergency Management within the Department of Defense

RSS Site (RSS)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
3/5/2010

Receipt, Staging, and Storage Sites that accept Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) assets (i.e., Push-Packages). As such, they would ideally include significant warehouse space, as well as cargo management and logistics assets. They should not ...

Source of Definition

DoDI 6200.03 Public Health Emergency Management within the Department of Defense

Restriction of Movement

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
3/5/2010

Limiting people’s movement to prevent or limit the transmission of a communicable disease, including limiting ingress and egress to, from, or on a military installation, isolation, or quarantine.

Source of Definition

DoDI 6200.03 Public Health Emergency Management within the Department of Defense

Military Treatment Facility Commander or Officer in Charge (MTF OIC)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
3/5/2010

The commander or officer in charge of a facility established for the purpose of furnishing medical and/or dental care to eligible individuals.

Source of Definition

DoDI 6200.03 Public Health Emergency Management within the Department of Defense
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