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National Health Performance Authority, Hospital Performance: Waiting times for emergency hospital care: Percentage completed within four hours, 2014 (Indicator)


For all patients presenting to a public hospital emergency department (including publicly funded emergency departments), the percentage of presentations where the time from presentation to physical departure, i.e. the length of the emergency department stay, is within four hours.

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Number of emergency department presentations where Emergency Department stay length is less than or equal to four hours..


Number of emergency department presentations.


Hospital, triage categories, admitted and discharged patients, peer groups.


Technical Supplement: Time patients spent in emergency departments in 2011-12.

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