Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Measures (v2018A)
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Data Element
Version 2018A

Data Element Name: Antenatal Steroids Initiated
Collected For: PC-03
Definition:Documentation that antenatal steroids were initiated before delivery.

Initial antenatal steroids are 12mg betamethasone IM or 6mg dexamethasone IM.

Suggested Data Collection Question:Is there documentation that antenatal steroids were initiated before delivery?

Format:
Length:1
Type:Alphanumeric
Occurs:1
Allowable Values:

Y (Yes) There is documentation that antenatal steroids were initiated before delivery.

N (No) There is no documentation that antenatal steroids were initiated before delivery OR unable to determine from medical record documentation.
Notes for Abstraction:If there is documentation that antenatal steroids were initiated prior to current hospitalization (e.g., doctor's office, clinic, birthing center, prior hospitalization before delivery), select allowable value "yes".

If antenatal steroids were initiated during this hospital episode, the name of the medication and dose must be documented in the medical record in order to select allowable value "yes".

Suggested Data Sources:

  • History and physical
  • Progress notes
  • Medication administration record (MAR)
  • Prenatal forms
Additional Notes:
Guidelines for Abstraction:
Inclusion Exclusion
Refer to Appendix C, Table 11.0 Antenatal Steroid Medications None

Antenatal Steroids Initiated
Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Measures (v2018A)
Discharges 07-01-18 (3Q18) through 12-31-18 (4Q18)
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