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Release Notes:
Data Element
Version 2010B

Data Element Name: Elective Surgery
Collected For: BM-06, BM-07,
Definition:Surgery that can be scheduled at some future date is considered elective; it does not have to be done immediately in order to prevent death or serious disability.
Suggested Data Collection Question:Was there documentation that the surgery was elective?
Allowable Values:

1   There was documentation that the surgery was elective.

2   There was no documentation that the surgery was elective or unable to determine from medical record documentation.

Notes for Abstraction:
  • Preoperative testing results or preoperative notes can be used as documentation of elective surgery.
Suggested Data Sources:
  • Consultation notes
  • History and physical
  • Nursing notes
  • Progress notes
  • Preop checklist
  • Operative notes
  • Preoperative report
  • Additional Notes:
    Guidelines for Abstraction:
    Inclusion Exclusion
    None None

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