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Richmond (medical term)

Richmond (pronounced: /ˈrɪtʃ.mənd/) is a term used in the medical field, particularly in the context of the Richmond Agitation-Sedation Scale (RASS), a tool used to assess the level of sedation in patients. The term is derived from the city of Richmond, Virginia, where the scale was first developed.


The term "Richmond" is of English origin, named after the city of Richmond in Virginia, USA. The city itself was named after Richmond in London, England, which was named for Richmond upon Thames. The term has been used in the medical field since the development of the Richmond Agitation-Sedation Scale in the early 2000s.

Related Terms

  • Agitation: A state of anxiety or nervous excitement, often assessed using the Richmond Agitation-Sedation Scale.
  • Sedation: The act of calming or reducing agitation or excitement, often measured using the Richmond Agitation-Sedation Scale.
  • Delirium: A serious disturbance in mental abilities, often assessed using tools like the Richmond Agitation-Sedation Scale.
  • Intensive Care Unit: The department of a hospital where the Richmond Agitation-Sedation Scale is most commonly used.

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