Measure Abbreviation
Data Collection Method

This measure is calculated based on data extracted from the electronic medical record combined with administrative data sources such as professional fee and discharge diagnoses data.  This measure is explicitly not based on provider self-attestation.

Measure Type

Percentage of cardiac cases in which colloids were not administered intraoperatively.

Measure Time Period

Anesthesia Start to Anesthesia End


All patients undergoing general anesthetics, spinals, and epidurals AND documentation of a cardiac case indicated by one of the following:

  • Cardiac surgery without pump (CPT: 00560)
  • Cardiac surgery with pump and <1 year old (CPT: 00561)
  • Cardiac surgery with pump and > 1 year old (CPT: 00562)
  • Cardiac surgery with hypothermic arrest (CPT: 00563)
  • CABG with pump (CPT: 00567)
  • Heart Transplant (CPT: 00580)
  • An intraoperative note with one of the following MPOG concepts:
    • 50399    Cardiopulmonary bypass -- aortic clamp on/off note
    • 50409    Cardiopulmonary bypass terminated
    • 50410    Cardiopulmonary bypass initiated (full)
    • 50416    Cardiopulmonary bypass -- crossclamp and circulatory arrest time totals
    • 50417    Cardiopulmonary bypass -- Access cannula removed note
    • 50714    Cardiopulmonary bypass - Bypass start / stop event
  • Cases performed by cardiac surgical service: MPOG concept 80005.


  • Non-cardiac cases
  • ASA 5 and 6 cases
  • ≥ 2L EBL
  • ≥ 4 units PRBC transfusion
  • Patients that are in prone position for more than 4 hours
  • Patients that are in Trendelenburg position for more than 4 hours
  • Patients with ascites

Colloids are not administered during the case.

Other Measure Build Details
  • The purpose of this measure is to identify the use of colloids for patients that likely do not need them in the cardiac surgery patient population.  It is the expectation that providers will uphold the ASA’s Choosing Wisely program by avoiding colloids and using crystalloid instead when appropriate.
  • Measure Start/End Time is defined as Anesthesia Start to Anesthesia End.
Responsible Provider

The provider signed in at the time of the colloid administration.

MPOG Concept IDs Required

Colloid MPOG Concepts

Patient Position MPOG Concepts

Patient Dx MPOG Concepts


Albumin 25%


Positioning- Patient Position




Albumin 5%


Positioning- Patient positioned in left lateral decubitus position

Estimated Blood Loss MPOG Concept


Albumin 20%


Patient positioned in right lateral decubitus position





Blood Administration MPOG Concepts





Packed Red Blood Cells-Autologous



Hydroxyethyl Starch 130/0.4 6% in 0.9% Saline (Voluven)


Packed Red Blood Cells- Homologous



Hydroxyethyl Starch 6% in Lactated Solution (Hextend)


Packed Red Blood Cells-Unknown Type


Data Diagnostics Affected
  • Percentage of Cases with any Fluid Recording
  • Percentage of Fluids with a Meaningful Fluid Mapping
  • Percentage of Cases with Colloids Administered

There is a lack of consistent evidence to suggest improved survival with the use of colloids as compared to crystalloids in the surgical population. Because colloids are more expensive than crystalloids, it is recommended that anesthesia providers avoid the use of colloids in most instances.

Risk Adjustment

Not applicable

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