A critical incident is any situation faced by personnel causing unusually strong emotional reactions which have the potential to interfere with their ability to function during or after the event.
A critical incident is defined as one which had an important effect on the final outcome. Critical incidents can only be recognised retrospectively.
In general terms, a critical incident is defined as a traumatic event which causes or is likely to cause extreme physical and/or emotional distress to staff and/or students and may be regarded as outside the normal range of experience of the people affected. These guidelines apply to critical incidents involving or otherwise impacting students and/or staff
“A Critical Incident is a traumatic event, or the threat of such, which is frightening or life threatening, or perceived to be so by the individuals concerned. Those potentially affected include survivors, bereaved, witnesses and helpers.”
A critical incident can be defined as an incident that causes those involved to feel unusually strong emotional reactions which have the potential to interfere with their ability to function either at the time or later. Even though the event may be over, you may experience now or later some strong emotional or physical reactions.