National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21b–Waiting times for emergency hospital care: proportion of patients whose length of emergency department stay is less than or equal to four hours, 2021
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Indicator type:||Progress measure|
|Short name:||PI 21b–Waiting times for emergency hospital care: proportion of patients whose length of emergency department stay is less than or equal to four hours, 2021|
For all patients presenting to a public hospital emergency department (including publicly funded emergency departments), the percentage of presentations where the time from presentation to physical departure, i.e. the length of the Emergency department stay, is within four hours.
|Indicator set:||National Healthcare Agreement (2021)|
Health, Standard 19/11/2020
|Outcome area:||Hospital and Related Care|
National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
Health, Standard 07/07/2010
Collection and usage attributes
The scope for calculation of this indicator is all hospitals reporting to the Non-admitted patient emergency department care (NAPEDC) National Minimum Data Set (NMDS) 2019–20 or NAPEDC National Best Endeavours Data Set (NBEDS) 2019–20.
Calculation includes all presentations with a physical departure date/time in the reporting period, including records where the presentation date/time is prior to the reporting period. Invalid records are excluded from the numerator and denominator. Invalid records are records for which:
Calculation includes presentations with any Type of visit to emergency department.
Recording departure time
Emergency department (ED) stay length is the amount of time, measured in minutes, between when a patient presents at an emergency department, and when the patient physically departs the emergency department. It is calculated as per the guidelines included in the NAPEDC NMDS 2019–20 or NAPEDC NBEDS 2019–20:
Presentation time and date are the time and date of the first recorded contact with an emergency department staff member. The first recorded contact can be the commencement of the clerical registration or triage process, whichever happens first.
100 x (Numerator ÷ Denominator)
Number of emergency department presentations where emergency department stay length is less than or equal to four hours.
|Numerator data elements:|
Number of emergency department presentations.
|Denominator data elements:|
2019–20—State and territory.
|Disaggregation data elements:|
Most recent data available for 2021 National Healthcare Agreement performance reporting: 2019–20.
Information about the volume of invalid records will be included in data quality statements.
|Unit of measure:||Person|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||Accessibility|
Data source attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
National Healthcare Agreement
|Organisation responsible for providing data:|
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
|Further data development / collection required:|
Specification: Final, the measure meets the intention of the indicator.
Source and reference attributes
|Related metadata references:|
See also Australian Health Performance Framework: PI 2.5.5–Waiting times for emergency department care: proportion seen on time, 2019
See also Australian Health Performance Framework: PI 2.5.6–Waiting times for emergency department care: waiting times to commencement of clinical care, 2019
See also Australian Health Performance Framework: PI 2.5.7–Waiting times for emergency department care: percentage of patients whose length of emergency department stay is 4 hours or less, 2019
See also Australian Health Performance Framework: PI 2.5.8–Waiting times for emergency department care: time spent in the emergency department, 2019
See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 19–Selected potentially avoidable GP-type presentations to emergency departments, 2021
See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21a–Waiting times for emergency hospital care: proportion seen on time, 2021
Supersedes National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21b–Waiting times for emergency hospital care: proportion of patients whose length of emergency department stay is less than or equal to four hours, 2020
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