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Data Element
Version 2010B

Data Element Name: ABG Done
Collected For: ,
Definition:An analysis of the pH, concentration and pressure of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen ions in the blood. It is used to assess acid-base balance and ventilatory status in a wide range of conditions. Arterial blood gas (ABG) determination is performed on arterial, rather than venous blood. Documentation of arterial blood gas analysis performed within 24 hours of arrival may be used for this measure. If no ABG was performed within 24 hours after arrival, then the results up to 24 hours prior to arrival may be used.
Suggested Data Collection Question:Is there documentation an arterial blood gas (ABG) was done within 24 hours before or after hospital arrival?
Allowable Values:

Y   (Yes)   ABG was done within 24 hours before or after hospital arrival.

N   (No)   ABG not done or unable to determine from medical record documentation.

Notes for Abstraction:None
Suggested Data Sources:
  • Consultation notes
  • Emergency department record
  • History and physical
  • Laboratory report
  • Respiratory therapy notes
  • Vital signs graphic record
Additional Notes:
Guidelines for Abstraction:
Inclusion Exclusion
  • ABG
  • Arterial blood gas
  • Tests performed after the first 24 hour period

ABG Done
Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Core Measures (2010B)
Discharges 10-01-10 (4Q10) through 03-31-11 (1Q11)