NFIRS 5.0 Element: ‘Procedures Used’

Definition : The nature of the procedures attempted or performed on a patient by emergency personnel. The term procedures include anything done by way of assessment or treatment of the patient.
Purpose : Planners and educators use this information to determine which procedures are conducted in the field, by whom, and for what indications. This information can also help determine the equipment and supplies needed by emergency responders.
Entry : Check or mark all applicable boxes. If no treatment was provided, check only the No Treatment 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 ‘Procedures Used’ element

01 Airway insertion.
02 Anti-shock trousers.
03 Assist ventilation.
04 Bleeding control.
05 Burn care.
06 Cardiac pacing.
07 Cardioversion (defibrillation), manual.
08 Chest/Abdominal thrust.
09 CPR.
10 Cricothyroidotomy.
11 Defibrillation by AED.
12 EKG monitoring.
13 Extrication.
14 Intubation (EGTA).
15 Intubation (ET).
16 IO/IV therapy.
17 Medications therapy.
18 Oxygen therapy.
19 Obstetrical care/delivery.
20 Prearrival instructions.
21 Restrained patient.
22 Spinal immobilization.
23 Splinted extremities.
24 Suction/Aspirate.
00 Procedures used, other.
NN No treatment.

Transactions containing ‘Procedures Used’

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

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Last Updated on May 6, 2023