Except for the following one-word conditions, no information
about the patient may be released without patient/parent permission.
Patients, parents or legal guardians have the option to expressly state
that they do not want any information, including confirmation of a
patient’s presence in the facility, released.
The following terms will be used to describe the patient’s condition:
- Undetermined - The patient is awaiting physician assessment.
- Good - Vital signs, such as pulse, temperature
and blood pressure are stable and within normal limits. Patient is
conscious and comfortable. Outlook for recovery is good or excellent.
- Fair - Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious but may be uncomfortable. Outlook favorable.
- Serious - Vital signs may be unstable and not within the normal limits. Patient is acutely ill. Outlook is questionable.
- Critical - Vital signs are unstable and not
within normal limits. Patient may be unconscious. Questionable outlook;
death may be imminent.
- Deceased - The death of a patient is presumed to
be a matter of public record and may be reported by the hospital after
the next of kin has been notified or after a reasonable amount of time
The terms “stable/unstable” should not be used as a condition. These terms should be used in conjunction with the conditions listed above.