Athens Regional Health System
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Media Policy & Condition Reports

To the extent the hospital and media recognize each other's responsibilities, Athens Regional Health System sees its relationship with the media as one based on mutual respect and understanding of each entity's constraints and needs.

Both institutions are important to the community. Therefore, Athens Regional's policy calls for cooperation with the media within the reasonable framework of acceptable conduct.

Information about patients, except as required by law, must not be given without the consent of the patient or the patient's immediate family and the patient's physician.

To learn more about how medical information may be used and disclosed, read the HIPAA notice of privacy practices.

Patient Condition Reports

Critical:

  • Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits.
  • Patients may not be conscious.
  • Indicators are unfavorable.

Serious:

  • Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits.
  • Patient is acutely ill.
  • Indicators are questionable.

Fair:

  • Vital signs are stable and within normal limits.
  • Patient is conscious buy may be uncomfortable.
  • Indicators are favorable.

Good:

  • Vital signs are stable and within normal limits.
  • Patient is conscious and comfortable.
  • Indicators are excellent.

If you are a member of the media, call 706-475-3336 for information concerning patient condition reports.

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