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Ryan Newman’s crash left him in serious condition. But what does that mean?

Ryan Newman Update

Ryan Newman’s crash left him in serious condition. But what does that mean?

Ryan Newman Update

By: Chris Sims , IndyStar Published 1:55 p.m. ET Feb. 18, 2020 | Updated 2:00 p.m. ET Feb. 18, 2020

Ryan Newman Update

After NASCAR driver Ryan Newman’s shocking crash Monday night, his team, Rousch Fenway Racing, announced in a statement that the driver was being treated at Halifax Medical Center. Newman, a native of South Bend, Indiana, was listed in serious condition, with non-life threatening injuries.

What exactly does “serious condition” mean?

According to John Hopkins Medicine, in accordance with HIPAA laws and American Hospital Association guidelines, serious condition is defined as, “Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits. Patient is acutely ill. Indicators are questionable.”

Ryan Newman Update

The takeaway here is that Newman’s health may still be up in the air.

A step worse would be critical condition, defined as, “Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits. Patient may be unconscious. Indicators are unfavorable.”

A good sign would be an upgrade to “fair” condition.

Fair condition would mean vitals have stabilized and are normal, the patient is conscious with favorable indicators, though the person might be uncomfortable.


The language used is not scientific terminology and is applied in an effort to describe a patient’s injuries without disclosing specific details. Written consent by the patient or the patient’s family is required for the release of more detailed information.

Rousch Fenway Racing will provide more information on Newman’s condition when it becomes available.

For more information on patient conditions, visit www.hopkinsmedicine.org.

By: Chris Sims , IndyStar Published 1:55 p.m. ET Feb. 18, 2020 | Updated 2:00 p.m. ET Feb. 18, 2020