Patient Information Policy
This information is intended for members of the media only.
Family members, please call the patient information desk at
Hasbro Children's Hospital is committed to protecting the privacy and
confidentiality of our patients and their medical information. The media
relations staff provides patient conditions in accordance with the
American Hospital Association guidelines contained in the Health
Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Procedure to Obtain a Patient's Condition
To inquire about a patient at Hasbro Children's Hospital, journalists
may contact the media relations staff.
Journalists must have the patient's full name.
Our staff can only provide one-word descriptions about a
patient's general condition (see definitions below).
The release of any medical information beyond a one-word
condition requires written authorization by the patient or the
patient's legal representative.
We will acknowledge the death of a patient only after
next-of-kin have been notified.
Definition of General Patient Conditions
Undetermined: Patient is awaiting physician and
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
Serious: Vital signs may be unstable and not within
normal limits. Patient is acutely ill. Indicators are
Critical: Vital signs are unstable and not within normal
limits. Patient may be unconscious. Indicators are unfavorable.
According to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
(HIPAA), the condition "stable" is not used.