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unit

 [u´nit]
1. a single thing; one segment of a whole that is made up of identical or similar segments.
2. a specifically defined amount of anything subject to measurement, as of activity, dimension, velocity, volume, or the like.
3. a distinct part of a hospital, usually having a specific physical location and serving a defined function; see under names of specific units.
Ångström unit angstrom.
atomic mass unit (u) (amu) the unit of mass equal to ¹⁄₁₂ the mass of the nuclide of carbon 12. Called also dalton.
autonomous nursing unit a nursing unit under a decentralized administration system in which the staff is responsible for all aspects of unit functioning.
British thermal unit (BTU) a unit of heat formerly widely used, being the amount necessary to raise the temperature of 1 pound of water from 39° to 40°F., equal to approximately 252 calories.
CH50 unit the amount of complement that will lyse 50 per cent of a standard preparation of sheep red blood cells coated with antisheep erythrocyte antibody.
continuing education unit (CEU) a unit of credit for educational offerings given to professional persons, determined by a professional organization according to a mathematical formula after a thorough review of the program of study, the qualifications of the instructors, and the program objectives.
critical care unit intensive care unit.
electrostatic u's (esu) that system of units that is based on the fundamental definition of a unit charge as one that will repel a similar charge with a force of 1 dyne when the two charges are 1 cm apart in a vacuum.
environmental control unit a computerized system that allows the handicapped individual to operate several different appliances using a keyboard or other input device.
heat unit the amount of heat energy that is produced by one kVp (kilovolt peak) and one mA (milliampere) for one second with single phase, full wave rectified radiographic equipment.
Hounsfield unit an arbitrary unit of x-ray attenuation used for CT scans. Each voxel is assigned a value on a scale in which air has a value of −1000; water, 0; and compact bone, +1000.
intensive care unit see intensive care unit.
International unit (IU)
1. a unit of enzyme activity equal to the amount of enzyme that catalyzes the conversion of one micromole of substrate or coenzyme per minute under specified conditions (temperature, pH, and substrate concentration) of the assay method. Abbreviated U.
2. any of several arbitrary units that have been adopted by international bodies to express the quantities of certain vitamins (A, C, D, and thiamine hydrochloride), hormones (androgen, chorionic gonadotropin, estradiol benzoate, estrone, insulin, progesterone, and prolactin), and drugs (digitalis and penicillin).
Kienböck's unit a unit of x-ray exposure equal to 0.1 erythema dose; symbol X.
motor unit the unit of motor activity formed by a motor nerve cell and its many innervated muscle fibers.
postanesthesia care unit (PACU) a specialty unit in a hospital for giving postanesthesia care (care of patients recovering from anesthesia and intravenous sedation); formerly called recovery room.
radiologic u's units used to measure radiation, including roentgens, rads, rems, and curies.
u's of service (UOS)
1. the number of procedures done by a department.
2. individuals or groups of individuals who are the recipients of nursing care.
short procedures unit (short term care unit) a nursing unit where patients are briefly cared for following a medical or surgical procedure and are then discharged without spending the night.
SI unit any unit of the International System of units (the metric system); see also si units.
step-down unit a nursing unit designated to provide care for patients who are stable enough to be discharged from the intensive care unit but are not yet ready to be cared for on a medical-surgical unit.
Svedberg unit (S) a unit equal to 10−13 second used for expressing sedimentation coefficients of macromolecules.
Svedberg flotation unit (Sf) a unit equal to 10−13 second used for expressing negative sedimentation coefficients of macromolecules that float rather than sink in a centrifuge, e.g., lipoproteins.
terminal respiratory unit the functional unit of the lung, including a respiratory bronchiole, alveolar ducts and sacs, and alveoli; called also primary lobule of lung and primary respiratory lobule.
USP unit one used in the United States Pharmacopeia for expressing potency of drugs and other preparations.

environmental control unit (ECU)

an apparatus for individuals with functional limitations that controls devices such as lamps, television, radio, telephone, and alarm systems. Similar to television remote control devices, they are typically switches manipulated by the lips, chin, or other body movements.

environmental control unit

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ECU

An electronic device that remotely controls home climate (e.g., heating, air conditioning), security (e.g., lighting, door locks, drapes), and communication devices (telephone, television). ECUs are often, but not exclusively, used by persons with functional limitations.
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Tash, a manufacturer, seller and installer of Environmental Control Units (ECU) and Electronic Aids for Daily Living (EADL) has a 25-year history of providing Assistive Technology, switching and mounting solutions to the rehabilitation industry as well as educational and home automation environments.
Under this task order, ITT will provide support to the USARCENT STB in conducting maintenance, repair and other services for vehicles, generators and environmental control units in the Central Command area of operations.
Technology has come a long way with the introduction of magnetic stimulation, robotics, environmental control units, computer assists, and high-end wheelchairs.
Some environmental control units (ECUs) are stand-alone, remote-control boxes, while others require connection to a personal computer.
AbleNet announces a new partnership with the British company Possum Limited, to market and sell their product line in Environmental Control Units (ECU) to the North American market.
You can interface the MK IVR with environmental control units (ECUs).
DRS' Sustainment Systems Segment also develops and manufactures environmental control units, fuel and water distribution systems, power generation systems, decontamination systems, electronic testing systems, and heavy equipment transport systems.
The Sustainment Systems Segment develops and manufactures environmental control units, fuel and water distribution systems, power generation systems, decontamination systems, electronic testing systems, and heavy equipment transport systems.
The Sustainment Systems business segment develops and manufactures environmental control units, fuel and water distribution systems, power generation systems, decontamination systems, electronic testing systems, and heavy equipment transport systems.
DHS provides tents and trailers outfitted with generators and environmental control units.
In October of 2005, Hunter acquired PowerSystems International, a developer of power generation systems, and environmental control units for military applications.
EADS' grant for the University of Alabama supports evaluations for the next generation of high-power airborne electronics, while the Georgia Institute of Technology's activity focuses on prognostics and diagnostics for environmental control units used on aircraft and military ground vehicles.

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