The First Impression
The moment when a patient is first seen during acute or critical illness is crucial. It passes by quickly, but it conveys so much information that it deserves to be specifically addressed. Only when the clinician is aware of the importance of this first encounter can the mind be sharpened and all relevant information collected. The first impression of the patient and their surroundings, on the one hand, sets the basis to have a better comprehension of the disease and may render important information to help identify the correct diagnosis.