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Definition

This metadata set is nationally mandated for collection and reporting.

The scope of this National Minimum Data Set (NMDS) is non-admitted patients registered for care in emergency departments in selected public hospitals that are classified as either Peer Group A or B in the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's Australian Hospital Statistics publication from the preceding financial year.
The care provided to patients in emergency departments is, in most instances, recognised as being provided to 'non-admitted' patients. Patients being treated in emergency departments may subsequently become 'admitted'. The care provided to non-admitted patients who are treated in the emergency department prior to being admitted is included in this NMDS.

Care provided to patients who are being treated in an emergency department site as an admitted patient (e.g. in an observation unit, short-stay unit, 'emergency department ward' or awaiting a bed in an admitted patient ward of the hospital) are excluded from the emergency department care NMDS since the recording of the care provided to these patients is part of the scope of the Admitted patient care NMDS.

Scope links with other metadata sets

Episodes of care for admitted patients are reported through the Admitted patient care NMDS.

Metadata items in this Data Set Specification

Below is a list of all the components within this Dataset Specification.
Each entry includes the item name, whether the item is optional, mandatory or conditional and the maximum times the item can occur in a dataset.
If the items must occur in a particular order in the dataset, the sequence number is included before the item name.


Data Elements

Reference Data Element Data Type Length Inclusion #
Emergency department stay—physical departure date, DDMMYYYY
Specific Information:
Data collected for this item from 1 January 2012 to 30 June 2012 may not comply with the above requirements. Therefore, data collected from 1 January 2012 to 30 June 2012 may not be directly comparable to data collected between 1 July 2011 and 31 December 2011.
Date/Time 8 mandatory 1
Emergency department stay—physical departure time, hhmm
Specific Information:
Data collected for this item from 1 January 2012 to 30 June 2012 may not comply with the above requirements. Therefore, data collected from 1 January 2012 to 30 June 2012 may not be directly comparable to data collected between 1 July 2011 and 31 December 2011.
Date/Time 4 mandatory 1
Episode of care—funding eligibility indicator (Department of Veterans' Affairs), code N - - conditional 1
Establishment—organisation identifier (Australian), NNX[X]NNNNN - - mandatory 1
Health service event—presentation date, DDMMYYYY
Specific Information:
Data collected for this item from 1 January 2012 to 30 June 2012 may not comply with the above requirements. Therefore, data collected from 1 January 2012 to 30 June 2012 may not be directly comparable to data collected between 1 July 2011 and 31 December 2011.
Date/Time 8 mandatory 1
Health service event—presentation time, hhmm
Specific Information:
Data collected for this item from 1 January 2012 to 30 June 2012 may not comply with the above requirements. Therefore, data collected from 1 January 2012 to 30 June 2012 may not be directly comparable to data collected between 1 July 2011 and 31 December 2011.
- - mandatory 1
Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—episode end date, DDMMYYYY
Specific Information:
Data collected for this item from 1 January 2012 to 30 June 2012 may not comply with the above requirements. Therefore, data collected from 1 January 2012 to 30 June 2012 may not be directly comparable to data collected between 1 July 2011 and 31 December 2011.
Date/Time 8 mandatory 1
Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—episode end status, code N - - mandatory 1
Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—episode end time, hhmm Date/Time 4 mandatory 1
Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—service commencement date, DDMMYYYY
Specific Information:
Data collected for this item from 1 January 2012 to 30 June 2012 may not comply with the above requirements. Therefore, data collected from 1 January 2012 to 30 June 2012 may not be directly comparable to data collected between 1 July 2011 and 31 December 2011.
Date/Time 8 mandatory 1
Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—service commencement time, hhmm
Specific Information:
Data collected for this item from 1 January 2012 to 30 June 2012 may not comply with the above requirements. Therefore, data collected from 1 January 2012 to 30 June 2012 may not be directly comparable to data collected between 1 July 2011 and 31 December 2011.
Date/Time 4 mandatory 1
Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—service episode length, total minutes NNNNN Number 5 mandatory 1
Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—transport mode (arrival), code N Number 1 mandatory 1
Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage category, code N Number 1 mandatory 1
Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage date, DDMMYYYY Date/Time 8 mandatory 1
Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage time, hhmm Date/Time 4 mandatory 1
Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—type of visit to emergency department, code N
Specific Information:
Data collected for this item from 1 January 2012 to 30 June 2012 may not comply with the above requirements. Therefore, data collected from 1 January 2012 to 30 June 2012 may not be directly comparable to data collected between 1 July 2011 and 31 December 2011.
- - mandatory 1
Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—waiting time (to service delivery), total minutes NNNNN Number 5 mandatory 1
Patient—compensable status, code N Number 1 mandatory 1
Person—area of usual residence, geographical location code (ASGC 2010) NNNNN - - mandatory 1
Person—country of birth, code (SACC 2008) NNNN - - conditional 1
Person—date of birth, DDMMYYYY
Specific Information:

This field must not be null.

National Minimum Data Sets:

For the provision of state and territory hospital data to Commonwealth agencies this field must:

  • be less than or equal to Admission date, Date patient presents or Service contact date
  • be consistent with diagnoses and procedure codes, for records to be grouped.
Date/Time 8 mandatory 1
Person—Indigenous status, code N Number 1 mandatory 1
Person—person identifier, XXXXXX[X(14)] - - mandatory 1
Person—sex, code N Number 1 mandatory 1

Comments

Comments:

Scope links with other metadata sets

Episodes of care for admitted patients are reported through the Admitted patient care NMDS.

References

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Relation Count
As a numerator in an Indicator 0
As a denominator in an Indicator 0
As a disaggregation in an Indicator 0