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Condition Reports

Public Relations staff is able to provide a one-word patient condition report if the inquiry specifically contains the patient’s name. The following definitions are used when describing the medical condition of a patient:

  • Good: Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious and comfortable. Outlook for recovery is good to excellent.
  • Fair: Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious but may be uncomfortable or may have minor complications. Favorable outlook.
  • Serious: Vital signs may be unstable or not within normal limits. Acutely ill with questionable outlook.
  • Critical: Vital signs are unstable or not within normal limits. Patient may be unconscious. Indicators are unfavorable.

NOTE: The term “stable” is not to be used as a condition.

This information may be obtained by calling the media information line, (217) 902-5201, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. After hours and on weekends, please call the Communications Center at (217) 383-3311 to page a house officer.

Carle’s primary obligation is the welfare of our patients. This media policy is in effect to secure the confidentiality of our patients in concurrence with the American Hospital Association and HIPAA guidelines.