Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—service episode length
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Data Element Concept
Health, Superseded 30/01/2012
The amount of time, between when a patient presents at an emergency department for an emergency department service episode, and when the non-admitted component of the emergency department service episode has concluded.
Includes patients who do not wait for treatment once registered or triaged, and those who are dead on arrival at the emergency department.
Both a non-admitted patient emergency department service episode and an admitted patient episode of care should be recorded for patients who subsequently undergo a formal admission. The end of the non-admitted patient emergency department service episode should indicate the commencement of the admitted episode of care, if applicable.
A non-admitted patient emergency department service episode ends when either the patient is admitted or, if the patient is not to be admitted, when the patient's emergency department non-admitted clinical care is recorded as completed, or when they are recorded as having left at their own risk.
This metadata item has been defined to support the national minimum data set for Non-admitted patient emergency department care.
Source and reference attributes
National reference group for non-admitted patient data development, 2001-02