NFIRS 5.0 Element: ‘Primary Part Of Body Injured’

Definition : The part of the body that sustained the most serious injury.
Purpose : An analysis of the data from Sections L, N, and O will assist in planning for the emergency treatment of injuries and for injury prevention.
Entry : Check or mark the box that best describes the area of the body that was most seriously injured. It should be the same part of the body affected by the Primary Apparent Symptom (Section N).

Element Specification

 Specification   Value 
Requirement Optional
Expected Length 1
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 ‘Primary Part Of Body Injured’ element

Primary Part Of Body Injured  Code 
Head 1
Neck or Shoulder 2
Thorax, Includes Chest And Back, Excludes Spine 3
Abdomen 4
Spine 5
Upper Extremities 6
Lower Extremities 7
Internal 8
Multiple Body Parts 9
Other Area (Conversion Only) 0
Undetermined (Conversion Only) U

Transactions containing ‘Primary Part Of Body Injured’

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

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Last Updated on May 6, 2023