Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Element|
|Short name:||Reason for removal from elective surgery waiting list|
The reason a patient is removed from an elective surgery waiting list, as represented by a code.
|Data Element Concept:||Elective surgery waiting list episode—reason for removal from a waiting list|
Value domain attributes
|Maximum character length:||1|
Collection and usage attributes
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CODE 1 Admitted as an elective patient for awaited procedure by or on behalf of this hospital or the state/territory
Patients undergoing the awaited procedure whilst admitted for another reason are to be coded this code.
CODE 2 Admitted as an emergency patient for awaited procedure by or on behalf of this hospital or the state/territory
This code identifies patients who were admitted ahead of their normal position in the queue because the condition requiring treatment deteriorated whilst waiting. Admission as an emergency patient could also be due to other causes such as inappropriate urgency rating, delays in the system, or unpredicted biological variation.
CODE 3 Could not be contacted (includes patients who have died while waiting, whether or not the cause of death was related to the condition requiring treatment)
CODE 4 Treated elsewhere for awaited procedure, but not on behalf of this hospital or the state/territory
This code would be used where surgery was undertaken other than by or on behalf of this hospital or the state/territory; for example, the patient has accessed surgery as a private patient in a private hospital.
CODE 5 Surgery not required or declined
These codes provide an indication of the amount of clerical audit of the waiting lists. Code 4 gives an indication of patients treated other than as a patient of the hospital's waiting list. The awaited procedure may have been performed as an emergency or as an elective procedure.
CODE 6 Transferred to another hospital's waiting list
This code identifies patients who were transferred from one hospital's elective surgery waiting list to that of another hospital. The waiting time on the waiting lists at the initial hospital and subsequent hospitals should be combined for national reporting.
CODE 9 Not known
This code identifies patients removed from the waiting list for reasons unknown.
Data element attributes
Collection and usage attributes
Routine admission for the awaited procedure is only one reason why patients are removed from the waiting list. Each reason for removal provides different information. These data are necessary to augment census and throughput data. For example, after an audit the number of patients on a list would be expected to reduce. If an audit were undertaken immediately prior to a census the numbers on the list may appear low and not in keeping with the number of additions to the list and patients admitted from the list.
Source and reference attributes
Hospital Access Program Waiting Lists Working Group
Waiting Times Working Group
National Health Data Committee
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Supersedes Elective surgery waiting list episode—reason for removal from a waiting list, code N
See also Elective surgery waiting list episode—waiting list removal date, DDMMYYYY
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