To better assist the news media and protect the privacy of our patients as mandated by federal legislation, CHOC has established the following guidelines:
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. 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 be unconscious. Indicators are unfavorable.
Deceased: Announcement of death is not routinely made by the hospital. News of dead-on-arrival cases and subsequent death is considered public information only after the next-of-kin is notified. Information on the cause of death must come from the physician with permission from the family. If the death comes under investigation by the coroner or medical examiner, all calls will be directed to the appropriate office.
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