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?

Well?

What makes a “critical call” in our book?

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