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Interviews at the Hospital or Research Institute

  • Reporters must be accompanied by a member of Seattle Children’s public relations team for any interview at the hospital or the research institute. This includes interviews that may have been arranged through patient families.
  • We will do our best to accommodate all interview requests, but interviews arranged through a patient family are not guaranteed. Patient families do not have the authority to invite reporters to the hospital or to a clinic appointment.
  • If you’ve been invited by a patient family to the hospital or a clinic appointment, contact the public relations team as soon as possible to verify that someone is available to accompany you.
  • A signed consent form from the family is required for any interview at the hospital or research institute, or with the patient’s doctor. If the family does not sign and return the form prior to the interview, then the interview cannot take place.

Information on Patients Transported or Transferred to Seattle Children’s Hospital

  • Our patients’ well-being as well as our families’ confidentiality is our highest priority. A signed consent form from the family is required for confirmation of the patient at our hospital as well as release of condition or other information. We cannot honor prior consent from another hospital.
  • We require the full name as well as the correct spelling of the patient’s name in order to proceed with consent. This is to protect any patients with similar names who may also be in our hospital.
  • Our doctors will not release patient condition information without first talking with the family, even if the family has signed a consent form.
  • If a family declines consent, we cannot confirm that the patient is at our hospital or provide condition information.

Patient Condition Classifications

Undetermined

The patient is awaiting a physician and an assessment.

Treated and released

The patient has been treated by the hospital, and has been released.

Stabilized and transferred

The patient was stabilized at the hospital, and has been transferred to another facility for further care.

Satisfactory

Vital signs (heartbeat, breathing, blood pressure, temperature) are stable and within normal limits. The patient is conscious and comfortable. Indicators are good.

Serious

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

Critical

Vital signs are unstable or not within normal limits. The patient may be unconscious. There is some doubt the patient will recover. Death could be imminent.

Deceased

Death has occurred.

Contact Information for Press

If you have not worked with Seattle Children’s before, please read our press policy before contacting us.

The best way to reach the public relations team is via email at press@seattlechildrens.org. This inbox is monitored seven days a week, during and after business hours, on weekends and on holidays.

Phone: 206-987-4500
(8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pacific time, Monday–Friday only)

Note: This contact information is for members of the media only. For general hospital or research questions, please call the hospital switchboard at 206-987-2000.

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