Mandela's critical condition: What it means in medical parlance

Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - The South African presidency announced on Sunday that the health condition of former President Nelson Mandela, 94, has deteriorated from "serious but stable" to "critical".

According to local media reports, President Jacob Zuma on Sunday evening visited the hospital in Pretoria where Mandela has been receiving treatment since earlier in the month for a recurring lung infection, and said the global icon's health had deteriorated in the past 24 hours.

According to the online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, the American Hospital Association advises physicians to use the term "critical condition" when a patient's vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits.

It said under this condition, the patient might be unconscious, and that the indicators were unfavourable.

President Zuma has called for prayers for Mandela and his medical team.
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23 june 2013 21:27:31

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