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what does "critical condition" at the hospital mean?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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.
Dr. Evert Eriksson
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I agree. "Critical" to me implies that if we withheld all the care being provided to the patient that they would likely not survive.
Dec 29, 2011
Dr. Alex Guerrero
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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