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NFIRS 5.0 Element: ‘Primary Apparent Symptom’

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NFIRS Coding

Here are the NFIRS codes for the ‘Primary Apparent Symptom’ element, including any “other” values in case none of the preselected choices match:

Common Examples of Primary Apparent Symptom

More commonly used values for Primary Apparent Symptom…

Primary Apparent Symptom  Code 
Smoke Inhalation 01
Cardiac Arrest 42
Primary Apparent Symptom - Other 00

All values for Primary Apparent Symptom

Primary Apparent Symptom  Code 
Smoke Inhalation 01
Hazardous Fumes Inhalation 02
Breathing Difficulty or Shortness Of Breath 03
Burns And Smoke Inhalation 11
Burns Only, Thermal 12
Burn, Scald 13
Burn, Chemical 14
Burn, Electric 15
Cut or Laceration 21
Stab Wound/puncture Wound: Penetrating 22
Gunshot Wound; Projectile Wound 23
Contusion/bruise, Minor Trauma 24
Abrasion 25
Dislocation 31
Fracture 32
Strain or Sprain 33
Swelling 34
Crushing 35
Amputation 36
Cardiac Symptoms 41
Cardiac Arrest 42
Stroke 43
Respiratory Arrest 44
Chills 51
Fever 52
Nausea 53
Vomiting 54
Numbness or Tingling, Paresthesia 55
Paralysis 56
Frostbite 57
Sickness - Other 50
Miscarriage 61
Eye Trauma, Avulsion 63
Drowning 64
Foreign Body Obstruction 65
Electric Shock 66
Poison 67
Convulsion or Seizure 71
Internal Trauma 72
Hemorrhaging, Bleeding Internally 73
Disorientation 81
Dizziness/fainting/weakness 82
Exhaustion/fatigue, Including Heat Exhaustion 83
Heat Stroke 84
Dehydration 85
Allergic Reaction, Including Anaphylactic Shock 91
Drug Overdose 92
Alcohol Impairment 93
Emotional/psychological Stress 94
Mental Disorder 95
Shock 96
Unconscious 97
Pain Only 98
Primary Apparent Symptom - Other 00
None NN
Undetermined UU

Transactions containing ‘Primary Apparent Symptom’

A few NFIRS elements are reused accross a number of transactions, but typically the value is captured by one transaction only.

Element Specification

 Specification   Value 
Requirement Optional
Expected Length 2
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.
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