vaccinate

to protect from disease, usually by having a needle

vaccine

shot, flu shot, medication, needle

vaginal birth

birth of a baby through the birth canal (vagina) instead of by a cesarean section, which is the birth of a baby through a surgical incision in the abdomen.

vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC)

vaginal birth of a baby after a woman had a cesarean section in a prior pregnancy

validate

prove, test

validity

truth, proof

variant

version, slightly different

varicella

chicken pox

variola

smallpox

vascular lab - doppler imaging (doppler lab)

ultrasound imaging of blood vessel flow to certain body regions

doppler ultrasound is a noninvasive test that can be used to estimate the blood flow through your blood vessels by bouncing high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) off circulating red blood cells

vein(s)

a blood vessel that takes blood back to your heart

ventilation

mechanical breathing assistance

use of a machine called a ventilator or respirator to improve the exchange of air between the lungs and the atmosphere.

ventilator

a machine that helps with a patient's breathing

a machine designed to move breathable air into and out of the lungs, to provide breathing for a patient who is physically unable to breathe, or breathing insufficiently

ventricular fibrillation (V-Fib)

when the heart quivers instead of pumping  because of an electrical problem the ventricle (lower chamber of the heart)

the most serious cardiac rhythm disturbance. The lower chambers quiver and the heart can't pump any blood, causing cardiac arrest.

ventricular tachycardia (V-Tach)

an electrical problem involving irregular heart beats in the lower chamber of your heart

a type of regular and fast heart beat that starts from improper electrical activity in the ventricles (lower chambers) of your heart

ventriculogram

a procedure performed during an angiogram  that looks at the ventricular function of the heart.

verbatim

word for word

verify

check, find out

vesicular

blisters, small bumps on your skin

viable

able to live, usable, can be used

viremia

viruses in your blood

virulence

strength, how dangerous a disease is

virulent

strong, dangerous

visual field

the entire area visible to your eye when you are looking straight ahead

visualize

look at, see

vital Signs

temperature, heart rate, rate of breathing, blood pressure and oxygen saturation

void

urinate

voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG)

a test that is commonly done after a child has a urinary tract infection (UTI)

test that uses a special x-ray technology called fluoroscopy to look at your child's urinary tract and bladder

vomit

throw up