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Release Notes:
Data Element
Version 2010A1

Data Element Name: Arrival Time-Stroke
Collected For: , STK-10, , , , , , , , , , All Records-Stroke
Definition:The earliest documented time (military time) the patient arrived at the Emergency Department
Suggested Data Collection Question:What was the earliest documented time (military time) the patient arrived at the hospital?
Allowable Values:

HH = Hour (00-23)
MM = Minutes (00-59)

Converting clock time to military time:
With the exception of midnight and noon - If the time is in the a.m., conversion is not required - If the time is in the p.m., add 12 to the clock time hour
For example:
Midnight – 00:00
Noon – 12:00
11:59 p.m. – 23:59

Notes for Abstraction:
  • This may differ from the admission time.
  • When reviewing ED records do NOT include any documentation from external sources (e.g., ambulance records, physician office records, laboratory reports) obtained prior to arrival. The intent is to utilize any documentation which reflects processes that occurred in the ED or hospital.
  • If the patient is in an outpatient setting of the hospital (e.g., undergoing dialysis, chemotherapy, cardiac cath) and is subsequently admitted to the hospital, use the time the patient presents to the ED or arrives on the floor for inpatient care as arrival time.
  • For “Direct Admits” to the hospital, use the earliest time the patient arrives at the hospital.
Suggested Data Sources:
  • Vital signs graphic record
  • Face sheet
  • Procedure notes
  • Any ED documentation
  • Nursing admission assessment/admitting note
  • Observation record
Additional Notes:
Guidelines for Abstraction:
Inclusion Exclusion
  • None
  • Addressographs/stamps

Arrival Time-Stroke
Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Core Measures (2010A1)
Discharges 04-01-10 (2Q10) through 09-30-10 (3Q10)