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One Word Patient Conditions

St. Vincent's HealthCare follows the American Hospital Association's guidelines for releasing patient information to the media. Hospitals and health systems are responsible for protecting the privacy and confidentiality of their patients and patient information.

As long as the patient has not requested the information be withheld, we may release the patient's one-word condition without obtaining prior patient authorization.

Here are definitions for the one-word conditions:

  • Good: Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. The patient is conscious and comfortable; indicators are excellent.

  • Fair: Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. The patient is conscious but may be uncomfortable; indicators are favorable.

  • Serious: Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits. A patient is acutely ill; indicators are questionable.

  • Critical: Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits. The patient may not be conscious; death may be imminent. Indicators are poor/unfavorable. All patients in intensive care units are considered in critical condition.

  • Undetermined: Patients who are still being assessed or who have not yet been seen by the physician.

  • Death: If a patient has died, that fact and the time of death as recorded on the medical chart may be released ONLY if the patient's next of kin has been notified.