Media Policy

Summary of Lafayette General Media Policy

  • All requests for interviews, photographs or responses to inquiry shall be directed to the Community Relations Department for consideration/approval.
  • Media representatives must be escorted by a member of Community Relations, Administration, or other designee when on the Lafayette General campus.
  • In cases of public record (i.e. cases resulting from a motor vehicle accident or public disaster, involving an elected or other public official, under investigation by a lawful authority), except for patients on the Mental Health Unit, release of information shall be limited to verification of name, age, sex and medical condition (see below). No information shall be volunteered without inquiry. Illness, prognosis, etc., shall not be released without permission of the patient's physician and/or family. No information whatsoever is to be released on patients housed on the Mental Health Unit.
  • In cases other than those of public record, no information is to be released to media until the patient of his/her family is contacted and has granted permission in writing.
  • The hospital will permit photographs, video or interviews of patients only with written permission of the patient or his/her parent/guardian and verbal consent of the attending physician. Written consent for photographs, video or interviews is also required of visitors to the LGMC campus.
Patient Condition Reports
The following terms may be used by authorized staff to describe patient condition:

    Critical:
    Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits.
    Patient 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 but may be uncomfortable.
    Indicators are favorable.
     
    Good:
    Vital signs are stable and within normal limits.
    Patient is conscious and comfortable.
    Indicators are excellent.