Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2012-13
Identifying and definitional attributes
Metadata item type:
Data Set Specification
Health, Standard 30/01/2012
National Minimum Data Set (NMDS)
The scope of the Non-admitted patient emergency department care national minimum data set specification (NAPEDC NMDS) is non-admitted patients registered for care in emergency departments in selected public hospitals that are classified as either Peer Group A or B in the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's Australian Hospital Statistics publication from the preceding financial year (see also Scope links with other metadata sets in the Comments section below).
Patients who were dead on arrival are in scope if an emergency department clinician certified the death of the patient. Patients who leave the emergency department after being triaged and then advised of alternative treatment options are in scope.
The scope includes only physical presentations to emergency departments. Advice provided by telephone or videoconferencing is not in scope, although it is recognised that advice received by telehealth may form part of the care provided to patients physically receiving care in the emergency department.
The care provided to patients in emergency departments is, in most instances, recognised as being provided to 'non-admitted' patients. Patients being treated in emergency departments may subsequently become 'admitted' (including admission to a short stay unit, admission to elsewhere in the emergency department, admission to another hospital ward, or admission to hospital-in-the-home). All patients remain in scope for this collection until they are recorded as having physically departed the emergency department, regardless of whether they have been admitted. For this reason there is an overlap in scope of this NMDS and the Admitted patient care national minimum data set (APC NMDS).
Collection and usage attributes
Emergency department stay.
Guide for use:
The definition of a 'short stay unit' is as per clause C48 of the National Health Reform Agreement—National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services (NPA IPHS), as follows:
a) Designated and designed for the short term treatment, observation, assessment and reassessment of patients initially triaged and assessed in the emergency department (ED);
b) Have specific admission and discharge criteria and policies;
c) Designed for short term stays no longer than 24 hours;
d) Physically separated from the ED acute assessment area;
e) Have a static number of beds with oxygen, suction, patient ablution facilities; and
f) Not a temporary ED overflow area nor used to keep patients solely awaiting an inpatient bed nor awaiting treatment in the ED.
National reporting arrangements
State and territory health authorities provide the data to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for national collation, on a quarterly basis within one month of the end of a reporting period and an annual basis within three months of the reporting period.
The Institute and the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing will agree on a data quality and timeliness protocol. Once cleaned, a copy of the data and a record of the changes made will be forwarded by the Institute to the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. A copy of the cleaned data for each jurisdiction should also be returned to that jurisdiction on request.
Periods for which data are collected and nationally collated
Quarterly and financial year. Extraction of data for each quarter or year should be based on the date of the end of the emergency department stay. For example, a presentation that commences at 11pm on 30 June and ends at 2am 1 July is not in scope for the April to June quarter.
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Scope links with other metadata sets
Episodes of care for admitted patients are reported through the Admitted patient care NMDS.
National Health Reform Agreement—National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services
The scope for reporting against the National Emergency Access Target is all hospitals reporting to the NAPEDC NMDS (Peer groups A, B and other) as at August 2011 (when the Agreement was signed). For the duration of the Agreement, hospitals that have not previously reported to the NAPEDC NMDS can come into scope, subject to agreement between the jurisdiction and the Commonwealth.
Source and reference attributes
National Health Information Management Principal Committee