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Definition

The urgency of the patient's need for medical and nursing care as assessed at triage, as represented by a code.

Components

Data Element (this item)

Representation

This representation is based on the value domain for this data element, more information is available at " Triage category code N ".
Data Type Number
Format N
Maximum character length 1
Values
Value Meaning Start Date End Date
Permissible Values 1 Resuscitation: immediate (within seconds)
2 Emergency: within 10 minutes
3 Urgent: within 30 minutes
4 Semi-urgent: within 60 minutes
5 Non-urgent: within 120 minutes

Comments

Context:
Emergency department care.

Origin:
Australasian Triage Scale, Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

References

The Australian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) policy on the Australian Triage Scheme is accessible at:

Australian College of Emergency Medicine 2000. Australian College of Emergency Medicine, Melbourne. Viewed 15 February 2013,

http://www.acem.org.au/media/policies_and_guidelines/
P06_Aust_Triage_Scale_-_Nov_2000.pdf

In addition, the ACEM guideline provides descriptors for the individual triage categories which can be viewed at:

Australian College of Emergency Medicine 2005. Australian College of Emergency Medicine, Melbourne. Viewed 15 February 2013,

http://www.acem.org.au/media/policies_and_guidelines/
G24_Implementation__ATS.pdf


This content Based on Australian Institute of Health and Welfare material. Attribution provided as required under the AIHW CC-BY licence.

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