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Obtaining Patient Condition

Since the implementation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) on April 14, 2003, members of the media must provide a patient name and Children’s must obtain written authorization from a parent or legal guardian prior to releasing patient condition or any other information.

Condition reports are as follows:

GOOD: Vital signs are stable and within normal limits; patient is conscious and comfortable. The prognosis is good or excellent.

FAIR: Vital signs are stable and within normal limits; patient is conscious. The prognosis is favorable but the patient may be uncomfortable or may have minor complications.

SERIOUS: Acutely ill with questionable prognosis; vital signs may be unstable or not within normal limits. There is a chance for improved prognosis.

CRITICAL: Questionable prognosis; vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits; there are major complications and death may be imminent.

During normal business hours, call 202-476-4500. After hours, call 202-476-5000 and ask the operator to page the Public Relations representative on call.


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