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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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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

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

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

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

Disaster Mental Health Response Team (DMHR)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
3/5/2010

Designated team that provides command consultation, prevention, outreach, screening, triage, psychological first aid, education, and referral services following an all-hazards incident.

Source of Definition

DoDI 6200.03 Public Health Emergency Management within the Department of Defense

Laboratory Response Network (LRN)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
3/5/2010

A diverse national/international laboratory network of local, State, and Federal public health, hospital-based, food testing, veterinary and environmental testing laboratories that provide rapid detection assays and laboratory diagnostics and ...

Source of Definition

DoDI 6200.03 Public Health Emergency Management within the Department of Defense

Service Public Health Centers

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
3/5/2010

Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine.


Source of Definition

DoDI 6200.03 Public Health Emergency Management within the Department of Defense

Strategic National Stockpile (SNS)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
3/5/2010

A national repository of antibiotics, chemical antidotes, antitoxins, life-support medications, intravenous administration fluids and sets, airway maintenance supplies, and medical/surgical items. The SNS is designed to supplement and re ...

Source of Definition

DoDI 6200.03 Public Health Emergency Management within the Department of Defense

Zoonotic Disease

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
3/5/2010

Diseases transmissible under natural conditions from vertebrate animals to humans.


Source of Definition

DoDI 6200.03 Public Health Emergency Management within the Department of Defense

Closed POD (Closed Point of Dispensing)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
3/5/2010

A site intended for the dispensation of medications to a select or pre-defined population, not the general public.

Source of Definition

DoDI 6200.03 Public Health Emergency Management within the Department of Defense

Point of Dispensing (POD)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
3/5/2010

A location where pharmaceuticals and other medications are distributed to the end user; these facilities may range from small clinics to large operations with multiple staging and operations areas; these facilities may also support a range of ...

Source of Definition

DoDI 6200.03 Public Health Emergency Management within the Department of Defense

Deployment

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/5/2010

The relocation of forces and materiel to desired operational areas. Deployment encompasses all activities from origin or home station through destination, specifically including intra-continental United States, inter-theater, and intra-theater ...

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6490.07: Deployment-Limiting Medical Conditions for Service Members and DoD Civilian Employees

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Deployment

Contingency Deployment

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/5/2010

A deployment that is limited to outside the continental United States, over 30 days in duration, and in a location with medical support from only non-fixed (temporary) military medical treatment facilities.  It is a deployment in which ...

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6490.07: Deployment-Limiting Medical Conditions for Service Members and DoD Civilian Employees

Related Glossary Terms

Contingency Plan

Medical Assessment

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/5/2010

The total of the pre-deployment activities described in section 1 of Enclosure 2 of DoDI 6490.07 and those listed in paragraph E4.A1.1 of DoDI 6490.03.

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6490.07: Deployment-Limiting Medical Conditions for Service Members and DoD Civilian Employees

Related Glossary Terms

Medical Assessment | Medical Assessment
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