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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. 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.

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.

Excluded from the scope are:

  • 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).
  • Care provided to 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.

Some previous data element concepts are available in the METeOR glossary. Glossary items are available online through links in the relevant metadata items. In addition, links to the glossary terms that are relevant to this data set specification are listed below.

Activity based funding

Emergency department

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—type of visit to emergency department, code N - - mandatory 1
Establishment—organisation identifier (Australian), NNX[X]NNNNN - - mandatory 1
Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—episode end status, code N - - mandatory 1
Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage category, code N
Conditional Inclusion:

This data item is to be recorded for patients who have one of the following Type of visit values recorded:

  • Emergency department presentation;
  • Return visit, planned;
  • Pre-arranged admission;
  • Patient in transit
Number 1 conditional 1

Comments

Comments:

Scope links with other metadata sets

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

Some previous data element concepts are available in the METeOR glossary. Glossary items are available online through links in the relevant metadata items. In addition, links to the glossary terms that are relevant to this data set specification are listed below.

Activity based funding

Emergency department

References

Related content

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