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Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Measures (v2016B1)
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Release Notes:
Data Element
Version 2016B1

Data Element Name: Nimodipine Administration Date
Collected For: CSTK-06,
Definition:The month, date, and year that the first dose of nimodipine was administered to a patient with subarachnoid hemorrhage at this hospital. Nimodipine inhibits calcium transport into vascular smooth muscle cells, thereby preventing or limiting cerebral vasospasm.
Suggested Data Collection Question:What is the date that nimodipine was first administered to this patient at this hospital?
Length:10-MM-DD-YYYY (includes dashes) or UTD
Allowable Values:

MM = Month (01-12)
DD = Day (01-31)
YYYY = Year (2012-Current Year)
UTD = Unable to Determine

Notes for Abstraction:
  • Use the date at which administration of nimodipine was first documented. If a discrepancy exists in date documentation from different sources, choose the earliest date. If there are two or more different nimodipine administration dates (either different nimodipine episodes or corresponding with the same episode), enter the earliest date.
  • If the date nimodipine treatment was administered is unable to be determined from medical record documentation, select “UTD”.
  • The medical record must be abstracted as documented (taken at “face value”). When the date documented is obviously in error (not a valid date/format) and no other documentation is found that provides this information, the abstractor should select “UTD”.
    Documentation indicates the nimodipine administration date was 03-42-20xx. No other documentation in the medical record provides a valid date. Since the nimodipine administration date is outside of the range listed in the Allowable Values for “Day,” it is not a valid date and the abstractor should select “UTD”.
    Note: Transmission of a case with an invalid date as described above will be rejected from the Joint Commission’s Data Warehouse. Use of “UTD” for Nimodipine Administration Date allows the case to be accepted into the warehouse.
Suggested Data Sources:

  • Emergency department record
  • Nursing flow sheet
  • Progress notes
  • Medication administration record (MAR)
  • Medical transport records
  • Medical reconciliation form
Additional Notes:
Guidelines for Abstraction:
Inclusion Exclusion
None None

Nimodipine Administration Date
Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Measures (v2016B1)
Discharges 01-01-17 (1Q17) through 06-30-17 (2Q17)