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chamber

 [chām´ber]
an enclosed space.
Chambers of the eye. From Dorland's, 2000.
anterior chamber the part of the aqueous humor-containing space of the eyeball between the cornea and iris.
counting chamber the part of a hemacytometer consisting of a microscopic slide with a depression whose base is marked in grids, and into which a measured volume of a sample of blood or bacterial culture is placed and covered with a cover glass. The number of cells and formed blood elements in the squares is counted under a microscope and used as a representative sample for calculating the unit volume.
drip chamber the expanded portion of intravenous tubing into which fluid falls, where the rate of flow can be monitored if necessary. See also intravenous infusion.
hyperbaric chamber an enclosed space in which gas (oxygen) can be raised to greater than atmospheric pressure; see also hyperbaric oxygenation.
ionization chamber an enclosure containing two or more electrodes between which an electric current may be passed when the enclosed gas is ionized by radiation; used for determining the intensity of x-rays and other rays.
posterior chamber that part of the aqueous humor–containing space of the eyeball between the iris and the lens.
vitreous chamber the vitreous humor–containing space in the eyeball, bounded anteriorly by the lens and ciliary body and posteriorly by the posterior wall of the eyeball.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

drip chamber

A hollow device where intravenous fluids are collected before infusion into a patient.
See also: chamber
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In addition, when a CSF sample is collected from the distal port, the entire volume of CSF in the drip chamber should be sent for testing to obtain an accurate WBC count per unit of volume.
Delta pressures can indicate the following: (a) increased postpump arterial pressure/decreased venous pressure--an indication of clotting in the arterial drip chamber or in the dialyzer; (b) increased postpump arterial pressure/increased venous pressure-an indication of clotting prior to or in the venous drip chamber; and (c) if clotting is extensive, the rise in pressure readings will rise sharply (Daugirdas & Ing, 1994, p.
Since there are no drop sensors needed with cassettes, there are no false alarms from improperly primed drip chambers, condensation, formula running down the sides of the drip chambers, or dirty drop sensors.