A 50-year-old member asked:
what does "critical condition" at the hospital mean?
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General Surgery 34 years experience
Life-threatening: Terms such as "critical", "serious", "fair", etc. Are not defined terms in medical jargon, and were probably started by the media. That said, i usually think of "critical" as any patient sick enough to require care in a critical care unit, or icu.
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Trauma Surgery 17 years experience
Level of attention: Critical often means a situation that requires constant monitoring, and often has a nurse dedicated to just 1 or 2 such patients as opposed to the standard ratio.
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Last updated May 7, 2016
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