If you contact KRMC to inquire about a patient’s condition, you must provide the patient’s first and last name. Federal regulations within the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) restrict the amount of information that can be released about a patient to a single, one-word condition and the patient’s general location in the hospital. The conditions are:
- Undetermined: The patient is awaiting physician assessment.
- Fair: Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. The patient is conscious but may be uncomfortable. Indicators are favorable.
- Serious: Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits. The patient is acutely ill. Indicators are questionable.
- Critical: Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits. The patient may be unconscious. Indicators are unfavorable.
- Death: In most cases, we can confirm the death and time of death of a patient after his or her next of kin has been notified.
Patient Condition Access
For patient condition information at Kingman Regional Medical Center during normal business hours, the media should call (928) 757-2101.
Confidential Status – No Release of Information
In some cases, a patient may be designated “NRI,” which means “No Release of Information.” NRI status may be requested by the patient, the patient’s family, law enforcement agencies, or hospital staff. Because our first duty is to protect the patient, we will not release any information about an NRI patient; we cannot release a general condition or confirm that the patient is being treated at our facility.
It is important to remember that our hospital, like most others, is a private entity and not obligated to release any information about patients. We do so in a spirit of cooperation and under the assumption that there is a legitimate reason for the media and others to have access to this basic information.