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[Reblog] Patient condition terminology: Do you really know what ‘critical’ means?

Excerpts from the 2 October 2014 post at Covering Health: Monitoring the Pulse of Healthcare Journalism

English: CORINTO, Nicaragua (July 6, 2009) Lt....

English: CORINTO, Nicaragua (July 6, 2009) Lt. Kendra Pennington and Sgt. Dustin Turvild check the vital signs of a patient in the post anesthetic care unit aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). Comfort is supporting Continuing Promise 2009, a four-month humanitarian and civic assistance mission to Latin America and the Caribbean. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Nashaunda Tilghman/Released) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

…standards provide the basis of understanding what kind of condition a patient is in. In this brief on privacy regulations, the American Hospital Association (AHA) recommends that all providers use the following definitions when describing a patient’s condition:

Undetermined: The patient has not yet been assessed, diagnosed or treated.

Good: The patient’s vital signs are stable and within normal limits. He or she is conscious and comfortable, with excellent indicators for recovery.

Fair: The patient’s vital signs are stable and normal, and the patient is conscious, but he or she might be uncomfortable. Indicators for recovery are favorable.

Serious: The patient is very ill, and might have unstable vital signs outside the normal limits. Indicators are questionable.

Critical: The patient has unstable vitals that are not normal, and could be unconscious. Indicators for recovery are unfavorable.

Treated and released: The patient was treated but not admitted to the hospital.

Treated and transferred: The patient received treatment at one facility and was then transferred to another facility.


October 7, 2014 - Posted by | Medical and Health Research News | ,

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