A patient classification scheme which provides a means of relating the number and types of patients treated in an emergency department.
Urgency related groups (URGs) provide a summary of the complexity and type of patients treated within an emergency department. Emergency department episodes of care are grouped into URGs based on:
- The disposition recorded at the end of the patient's emergency department stay. This is captured by the episode end status.
- The urgency of the patient's need for care. This is captured by the triage category.
- The nature of the patient's diagnosis. This is captured by the major diagnostic block.