NFIRS 5.0 Element: ‘Highest Level of Care’

Définition : The highest level of fire department care that the patient received at the scene of the EMS incident.
Purpose : This element determines the personnel and equipment requirements for handling EMS incidents. This information may also aid researchers in evaluating the effect of pre-hospital care on morbidity (or patient outcome).
Entry : Check or mark the box that indicates the highest level of care provided at the scene by the fire department. If no care was provided, check or mark the None box.

Element Specification

 Specification   Value 
Requirement Optional
Element Type Coded Field – The coded field relating to an entry in the code table. Most coded fields allow for Plus+ One codes. For these fields the expected length of the coded entry is depicted as (National length OR Plus+ One length). Only fields with this notation in the expected length column allow for Plus+ One definitions. If the user has not provided information, an empty field should be transmitted.


Here are the NFIRS codes for the ‘Highest Level of Care’ element

1 First responder.
2 EMT-B (Basic).
3 EMT-I (Intermediate).
4 EMT-P (Paramedic).
0 Other health care provider. Includes doctors, nurses, etc.
N No care provided.

Topic: NFIRS