Critical is more severe than serious in describing a patient's medical condition. Both conditions may be life threatening.Continue Reading
According to UCLA Health, a serious medical condition describes a very ill patient with questionable indicators whose vital signs are abnormal or unstable. A condition escalates to critical if a patient's symptoms and indicators are unfavorable and may include a loss of consciousness.
The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) includes patient privacy laws limiting the level of information on a patient's condition that a hospital may provide to the media. The information is restricted to general one-word definitions on an escalating scale of undetermined, good, fair, serious and critical.Learn more about Conditions & Diseases
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Aside from podagra or an extreme tenderness and pain in a big toe joint, symptoms of gout include impaired movement in the joint, a purplish or red appearance around the joint, and an itching and peeling of the skin as the condition heals, according to WebMD. Gout is also known to affect a patient's fingers, knees, ankles, elbows and wrists. The condition can also manifest as nodules on a patient's ears, hands or elbows.Full Answer >