Release of Patient Information
Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), patient condition requests must be made using the patient's first and last name. No information other than a one-word description of the patient's condition may be provided to the media unless Connecticut Children's receives written permission from the patient's parent or legal guardian.
Connecticut Children's follows American Hospital Association (AHA) guidelines regarding HIPAA patient privacy issues. Below are the definitions of the conditions approved by the AHA.
- Undetermined: Patient is awaiting physician and/or assessment.
- Good: Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious and comfortable. Indicators are excellent.
- Fair: Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious but may be uncomfortable. Indicators are favorable.
- Serious: Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits. Patient is acutely ill. Indicators are questionable.
- Critical: Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits. Patient may not be conscious. Indicators are unfavorable.
According to the AHA, stable should not be used as a condition, nor should it be used in combination with other conditions.