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Data Element
Version 2010A1

Data Element Name: NPO (Nothing by Mouth) For Entire Hospital Stay
Collected For: ,
Definition:There is documentation to demonstrate that the patient has had NO oral intake of food, fluid, or medications for the entire hospitalization.

Suggested Data Collection Question:Was the patient NPO throughout the entire hospital stay?
Allowable Values:

Y     (Yes, the patient was NPO throughout the entire hospital stay.)

N    (No, the patient was not NPO throughout the entire hospital stay OR unable to determine from medical record documentation)

Notes for Abstraction:Answer “Yes” for this data element only if the patient was kept NPO during the entire hospitalization and was discharged/transferred/deceased NPO. This response should not be used in any other circumstances.

The delivery of food, fluid, or medication via a nasogastric tube, orogastric tube, or percutaneous gastrostomy tube should be independent of the assessment of NPO.

Suggested Data Sources:
  • Nursing notes
  • Progress notes
  • Physician’s notes
  • Discharge summary
  • Dietitian notes
  • Speech pathology notes
Additional Notes:
Guidelines for Abstraction:
Inclusion Exclusion
  • NPO
  • Nothing by mouth
  • Nulle Per Os

  • None

NPO (Nothing by Mouth) For Entire Hospital Stay
Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Core Measures (2010A1)
Discharges 04-01-10 (2Q10) through 09-30-10 (3Q10)