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Data Element
Version 2013B

Data Element Name: Gestational Age
Collected For: PC-01, PC-02, PC-03,
Definition:The weeks of gestation completed at the time of delivery.

Gestational age is defined as the number of weeks that have elapsed between the first day of the last normal menstrual period (not presumed time of conception) and the date of delivery, irrespective of whether the gestation results in a live birth or a fetal death.

Suggested Data Collection Question:How many weeks of gestation were completed at the time of delivery?
Length:3 or UTD
Allowable Values:


UTD=Unable to Determine

Notes for Abstraction:Gestational age should be rounded off to the nearest completed week, not the following week. For example, an infant born on the 5th day of the 36th week (35 weeks and 5/7 days) is at a gestational age of 35 weeks, not 36 weeks.

The delivery or operating room record should be reviewed first for gestational age. If gestational age is not recorded in the delivery or operating room record, then continue to review the data sources in the following order: history and physical, prenatal forms,clinician admission progress note and discharge summary until a positive finding for gestational age is found. In cases where there is conflicting data, the gestational age found in the first document according to the order listed above should be used. The phrase "estimated gestational age" is an acceptable descriptor for gestational age.

If the patient has not received prenatal care, and the gestational age is unknown, select allowable value UTD.

When the admission date is different from the delivery date, use documentation of the gestational age completed closest to the delivery date.

Gestational age should be documented by the clinician as a numeric value between 1-50. The clinician, not the abstractor, should perform the calculation to determine gestational age based on the first day of the last normal menstrual period (not presumed time of conception) and the date of delivery.

If the gestational age entered by the clinician in the first document listed above is obviously incorrect (in error) but it is a valid number and the correct number can be supported with other documentation in the other acceptable data sources in the medical record, the correct number may be entered.

Documentation in the acceptable data sources may be written by the following clinicians: physician, certified nurse midwife (CNM), advanced practice nurse/physician assistant (APN/PA) or registered nurse (RN).

It is acceptable to use data derived from vital records reports received from state or local departments of public health if they are available and are directly derived from the medical record with a process in place to confirm their accuracy. If this is the case, these may be used in lieu of the acceptable data sources listed below.

Suggested Data Sources:


  • Delivery room record
  • Operating room record
  • History and physical
  • Prenatal forms
  • Admission clinician progress notes
  • Discharge summary

Additional Notes:
Guidelines for Abstraction:
Inclusion Exclusion
None None

Gestational Age
Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Measures (v2013B)
Discharges 07-01-13 (3Q13) through 12-31-13 (4Q13)