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Patient Condition Information

Public relations representatives for Texas Health hospitals utilize one-word condition reports recommended by the American Hospital Association.

Members of the news media seeking information about the condition of a patient hospitalized in a Texas Health facility can expect the PR contact to provide one of the following terms:

Patient condition reports used by Texas Health adhere to recommendations from the American Hospital Association.

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 be unconscious. Indicators are unfavorable.

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