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jwnettleton
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I have been unable to find a list (protocol?) providing objective criteria for the various clinical "conditions" assigned to a patient in an inpatient situation. For example, a person may be listed as being in critical condition, serious condition, etc.. To be meaningful there must be some differentiating parameters. Could someone inform me or point me in the proper direction? Thanks.

rbstauffer
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I found these on 2 different

I found these on 2 different web pages, hope this helps.

Definitions of Patient Conditions

Undetermined. Patient awaiting physician and 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.

jwnettleton
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Thank you very much! Your

Thank you very much! Your information was very helpful, indeed. What was remarkable to me was that terms were being used without precise definition and thus incomparable. Would you share the resource address?