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Definition

The percentage of patients who received their surgery within the clinically recommended time.

Indicator Summary

Numerator
Number of patients who received elective surgery within the clinically recommended time.
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Denominator
Number of elective surgery.
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Computation

The percentage of patients who received surgery within the clinically recommended time.

Waiting times are calculated for patients whose reason for removal was:

  • Admitted as an elective patient for awaited procedure by or on behalf of this hospital or the state/territory or
  • Admitted as emergency patient for awaited procedure by or on behalf of this hospital or the state/territory.

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Disaggregation

Hospital and elective surgery urgency category

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Calculation rules

Computation Rule
Description

The percentage of patients who received surgery within the clinically recommended time.

Waiting times are calculated for patients whose reason for removal was:

  • Admitted as an elective patient for awaited procedure by or on behalf of this hospital or the state/territory or
  • Admitted as emergency patient for awaited procedure by or on behalf of this hospital or the state/territory.

For the purposes of reporting, patients are reported as the final urgency category recorded when they were removed from the list.

Exclusions

The calculation of waiting time excludes:

  1. All days the patient was waiting with a less urgent surgery urgency category than their urgency category when removed from the list. When a patient's urgency category changes, existing NMDS business rules will apply.
  2. All patients who:
    • Transferred to another hospital’s elective surgery waiting list
    • Were treated elsewhere but not on behalf of the hospital
    • Were not contactable for booking the surgery or at booked time of surgery
    • Died prior to surgery
    • Declined surgery.

Data suppression

Results are not shown if the number of surgeries is fewer than 10.

If one or more quarter is suppressed then the next smallest quarter will be suppressed; annual totals are reported including all suppressed values.

Annual data are sourced from National Elective Surgery Waiting Time Data Collection and quarterly data from National Elective Surgery Target Data Collection.

Numerators
Disaggregation

Hospital and elective surgery urgency category

Comments

Origin:
Hospital Performance

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