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Wernicke–Korsakoff syndrome

a syndrome resulting from chronic alcoholism or nutritional insufficiency, associated with deficiency of vitamin B1 (thiamine). The syndrome is characterized by an acute confusional stage, ataxia, and oculomotor problems (see Wernicke’s encephalopathy), followed by chronic changes in mental status and memory (see Korsakoff’s syndrome). Lesions are centered in the midbrain, cerebellum, and diencephalon. [Karl Wernicke; Sergei S. Korsakoff (1854–1900), Russian psychiatrist]

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June 19th 2024

administrative controls

administrative controls

in safety engineering, managerial interventions—such as training, rotating work schedules to reduce exposure (e.g., to hazardous chemicals), and implementing clearance requirements—that can help to maintain a safe environment in the workplace. Administrative controls, supplemented by the use of personal protective equipment, are considered the second resort after engineering controls. See also hazard-control protocol.