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Definition

The scope of this DSS is emergency services provided in activity based funded hospitals which do not meet any of the following criteria:

  • Purposely designated and equipped area with designated assessment; treatment and resuscitation areas.
  • Ability to provide resuscitation, stabilisation and initial management of all emergencies.
  • Availability of medical staff available in the hospital 24 hours a day.
  • Designated emergency department nursing staff and nursing unit manager 24 hours per day 7 days per week.

The care provided to patients in emergency services/urgent care centres is, in most instances, recognised as being provided to non-admitted patients.

The scope also includes services where patient did not wait or died on arrival. Patients with Department of Veterans' Affairs or compensable funding source are also included in the scope of the collection.

Patients being treated in emergency services/urgent care centres may subsequently become admitted. The care provided to non-admitted patients who are treated in the emergency services/urgent care centres prior to being admitted is included in this DSS.

Care provided to patients who are being treated in emergency services/urgent care centres as an admitted patient (e.g. in an observation unit, short-stay unit, 'emergency services ward' or awaiting a bed in an admitted patient ward of the hospital) are excluded from the scope.

Also excluded from the scope are patients in General Practitioner co-located units.

Scope links with other metadata sets

Episodes of care for admitted patients are reported through 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.

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Scope links with other metadata sets

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

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