Got a message from my Paramedic mentor a little while back about the title of this post. He was asking what makes a call critical?
The definitions include “at or of a point at which a property or phenomenon suffers an abrupt change especially having enough mass to sustain a chain reaction; characterized by careful evaluation and judgment; urgently needed; absolutely necessary; forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis; being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency;”
But what does it mean to an EMT or Medic in the street he wonders.
Is it the presentation?
The required interventions?
Is it a feeling we get either before or after?
What makes a “critical call” in our book?