|Data Elements for Emergency Department Systems - Release 1.0 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1997, 274 p.)|
|SECTION 1 - PATIENT IDENTIFICATION DATA|
Legal name of patient.
This basic information enables the ED data user to identify most records without resorting to codified identifiers or cross-reference schemes.
The legal name is usually the name on a birth certificate, a current married name, or another name sanctioned by the legal system. In some cases, it may be the name on a passport or other official immigration documentation. To protect patient privacy and confidentiality, access to this data element must be limited to authorized personnel.
Data Type (and Field Length)
XPN - extended person name (48).
Component 1 is the family name.
Component 2 is the given name.
Component 3 is the middle name or initial.
Component 4 is the suffix (e.g., Jr).
Component 5 is the prefix.
Component 6 is the degree (e.g., Dr).
Component 7 is the code for the name type (defaults to L, indicating legal name).
Component 1 = Smith
Component 2 = John
Component 3 = A
Enter Unknown in Component 1 if the entire name is unknown. In other components, " " (none) or Unknown may be entered when appropriate. Entries are not made in Components 4 - 7 when they are not needed.
Data Standards or Guidelines
E1238-94 (ASTM, 1994), E1384-96 (ASTM, 1996), and Health Level 7, Version 2.3 (HL7, 1996).