Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—episode end status, code N
Data Element Attributes
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Element|
|Short name:||Episode end status|
|Synonymous names:||Departure status|
Health, Superseded 19/11/2019
The status of the patient at the end of the non-admitted patient emergency department service episode, as represented by a code.
Emergency department care.
|Data Element Concept:||Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—episode end status|
|Value Domain:||Emergency department non-admitted patient service episode end status code N|
Collection and usage attributes
|Guide for use:|
CODE 1 Admitted to this hospital (either short stay unit, hospital-in-the-home or non-emergency department hospital ward)
This code excludes patients who died in the emergency department. Such instances should be coded to Code 6.
CODE 2 Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode completed - departed without being admitted or referred to another hospital
This code includes patients who departed under their own care, under police custody, under the care of a residential aged care facility or other carer.
This code excludes those who died in the emergency department as a non-admitted patient. Such instances should be coded to Code 6.
CODE 4 Did not wait to be attended by a health care professional
This code excludes patients who are advised of other health care services that could attend to their condition, and who leave the emergency department with the intention of attending another health care service. These patients should be coded to Code 8.
CODE 6 Died in emergency department
This code should only be used for patients who die while physically located within the emergency department.
CODE 7 Dead on arrival
This code should only be used for patients who are dead on arrival and an emergency department clinician certifies the death of the patient. This includes where the clinician certifies the death outside the emergency department (e.g. in an ambulance outside the emergency department).
Exclusion: When resuscitation or any other clinical care for the patient is attempted, Code 7 should not be used.
Note: Where Code 7 is recorded for a patient, a Type of visit to emergency department Code 5 (Dead on arrival) should also be recorded.
CODE 8 Registered, advised of another health care service, and left the emergency department without being attended to by a health care professional
Patients should be coded to Code 8 if they meet all of the criteria (that is, they undergo a clerical registration process, are provided with advice about another health care service that could provide assessment and/or treatment of their condition, and leave the emergency department without receiving clinical care). However, patients should only be coded to Code 8 if, at the time of their departure, they provided a reasonable indication that they did intend to seek assistance from another health care service including the service to which they were referred.
They may leave the emergency department immediately after being advised of the other health care service, or may leave after a period of time.
If it is unclear whether the person intended to seek further treatment from another health care service, they should be coded to Code 4.
The health care service to which the patient is referred may include primary care/general practitioner (GP) clinics, other clinics that provide specialised treatment (e.g. for mental health care or drug and alcohol care), or other health services (such as the patient’s usual general practitioner). The service may be co-located with the hospital in which the emergency department is located, or may be a separate facility.
Source and reference attributes
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare