Term: Critical Illness

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2012-04-20


Refers to any type of acute medical condition that by its nature and/or severity threatens life or limb or negatively affects the ability of the vital organs to perform their functions.

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  • Garland A, Fransoo R, Olafson K, Ramsey C, Yogendran M, Chateau D, McGowan K. The Epidemiology and Outcomes of Critical Illness in Manitoba. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2012. [Summary] [Full Report] (View)