About Sickkids
About SickKids

Patient condition reports

Patient information will only be provided to media once Public Affairs receives consent from the patient’s parent or guardian. If consent has been given, a one-word condition report will be released to media. All North American hospitals use the same one-word condition reports:


Vital signs such as pulse, temperature and blood pressure are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious and comfortable. The outlook for recovery is good to excellent (May soon be discharged.)


Vital signs give no cause for concern, but the patient may be uncomfortable or have minor complications. The patient is conscious, and has a favourable outlook.


Acutely ill, but improvement is possible. Vital signs may be unstable or not within normal limits (if appropriate, patient may be described as “serious, but stable”).


Questionable outlook. Vital signs are unstable or not within normal limits. There are major complications; death may be imminent.