The following are patient condition classifications in use at PeaceHealth Southwest and approved by the Guide for Cooperation.
- Undetermined: The patient is in the process of receiving physician assessment.
- Treated and Released: The patient has been treated by the hospital and been released. In this instance, "treated" is the condition and "released" is the location. Generally, this indicates the patient's condition was satisfactory upon release.
- Stabilized and Transferred: The patient was stabilized at the hospital and has been transferred to another facility for further care. The location of the facility where the patient was transferred should not be released.
- Satisfactory: Vital signs (heartbeat, breathing, blood pressure, temperature) are stable and within normal limits. The patient is conscious and comfortable. Indicators are good.
- Serious: Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits. Patient is acutely ill. Indicators are questionable.
- Critical: Vital signs are unstable or not within normal limits. The patient may be unconscious. There is some doubt the patient will recover. Death could be imminent.
- Deceased: The death of a patient may be reported to the authorities by the hospital, as required by law. The death may also be reported to the media after the next-of-kin has been notified, as long as the patient's body is still in the hospital. Information about the cause of death must come from the patient's physician and cannot be released without a written authorization from the decedent's next-of-kin or other legal representative.
- Released: If a patient has been released and the hospital receives an inquiry about the patient by name, the hospital may confirm that the patient is no longer in the hospital but cannot give the release date, admission date, length of stay or any other information.