Patient Condition Glossary
MetroHealth follows the Ohio Hospital Association Patient Condition Guidelines for releasing conditions. Members of the media must identify the patient by their correct first and last name to receive a one-word condition. Conditions are provided by the patient's medical team.
Undetermined: Patient currently being evaluated.
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 comfortable. 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.
Treated and Released: Patient received treatment but was not admitted.
Treated and Transferred: Received treatment and was transferred to a different facility. (Although a hospital may disclose that a patient was treated and released, it may not release information regarding the date of the release or where the patient went upon release without patient authorization).
Deceased: The death of a patient, while considered a matter of public record under Ohio law, is considered protected health information under HIPAA. Thus the condition of death may be released for expired patients who have not opted out of the directory.