c. There are eight procedure fields. If there are less than eight procedures
recorded on the ITRCS, leave the remaining fields blank. If there are more than eight
procedures recorded on the ITRCS, select only eight, using the following priorities:
(1) Record the principal procedure first, in field 44. The principal procedure
is the one performed for therapeutic rather than for diagnostic or exploratory purposes
or to treat a complication.
(2) Record procedures performed for underlying causes of death or disability
(3) Record the more significant procedures remaining that are related to
conditions causing prolonged hospitalization or those which have special interest to the
d. Each procedure field has eight columns. Use the first three/four columns of
each procedure field for the ICD-9-CM procedure code. For three-digit codes, do not
zero-fill to the fourth column.
e. Leave the fifth column blank. This column is reserved for future use.
f. Use the sixth position to indicate where the procedure was performed. Enter a
code from table 4-22.
g. Enter a code, 1 to 99, in the se venth and eighth columns to indicate the
number of times a procedure was performed at the reporting MTF during the current
period of hospitalization.
44. FIRST PROCEDURE (Principal Diagnosis)
45. SECOND PROCEDURE