Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage category, code N
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Element|
|Short name:||Triage category|
|Definition:||The urgency of the patient's need for medical and nursing care as assessed at triage, as represented by a code.|
|Data Element Concept:||Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage category|
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Collection and usage attributes
This triage classification is to be used in the emergency departments of hospitals. Patients will be triaged into one of five categories on the National Triage Scale according to the triageur's response to the question: 'This patient should wait for medical care no longer than ...?'.
The triage category is allocated by an experienced registered nurse or medical practitioner. If the triage category changes, both triage categories can be captured, but the original category must be reported in this data element.A triage category should not be assigned for patients who have an Episode end status of 'Dead on arrival, emergency department clinician certified the death of the patient'.
Source and reference attributes
|Origin:||National Triage Scale, Australasian College for Emergency Medicine|
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Has been superseded by Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage category, code N
Supersedes Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage category, code N
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