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Data Element Name:  Patient Sex
SPARCS Data Element Number:  9
Record Positions:  65 - 65 Format-Length:  A/N - 1
Effective Date:  1/1/1994 Revision Date:             

Definition:

The gender of the patient as recorded on the date of the ambulatory surgery service.

Codes and Values:
  1. "M" = Male

    "F" = Female

    "U" = Unknown
Edit Applications:
  1. There are multiple relationship edits between Patient Sex and sex-specific diagnosis and procedure codes as defined by the ICD-9-CM reference file edit flags.
Conversion Notes:
  1. For data years prior to 1994, codes "1" and "2" were converted to "M" and "F" respectively.