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The time elapsed in minutes for each patient from presentation in the emergency department to the commencement of the emergency department non-admitted clinical care.


Data Element (this item)


This representation is based on the value domain for this data element, more information is available at " Total minutes NNNNN ".
Data Type Number
Format NNNNN
Maximum character length 5


Guide for use:
Calculated by subtracting the date and time the patient presents to the emergency department from the date and time the emergency department non-admitted clinical care commenced. Although triage category 1 is measured in seconds, it is recognised that the data will not be collected with this precision.

This data element should not be completed for patients who have an Episode end status of ‘Did not wait’.

It is recognised that at times of extreme urgency or multiple synchronous presentations, or if no medical officer is on duty in the emergency department, this service may be provided by a nurse.


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Use within a Question 0
As a numerator in an Indicator 1
As a denominator in an Indicator 0
As a disaggregation in an Indicator 0