NFIRS 5.0 Element: ‘Patient Status’

Definition : The overall change in the status of the patient as recorded at the time responsibility for the patient is transferred to another agency.
Purpose : This element is used to track trends and patterns in relation to the status of the patient at the time of transfer. This entry can also be correlated with other data collected in the EMS module to evaluate pre-hospital care and its influence on patient outcomes.
Entry : Check or mark the box that best describes the patient’s status when he/she was transferred to another agency for care as compared to the patient’s status when the fire department began treatment.
Remember to check or mark the box indicating whether or not the patient had a Pulse on Transfer.

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 ‘Patient Status’ element

1 Improved.
2 Remained same.
3 Worsened.

Transactions containing ‘Patient Status’

The value of this element is captured by the following transaction :

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Last Updated on May 5, 2023