Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Element|
|Short name:||Emergency department waiting time to clinical care commencement|
The time elapsed in minutes for each patient from presentation in the emergency department to the commencement of the emergency department non-admitted clinical care.
|Data Element Concept:||Emergency department stay—waiting time|
Value domain attributes
|Maximum character length:||5|
|Unit of measure:||Minute (m)|
Data element attributes
Collection and usage attributes
|Guide for use:|
Calculated by subtracting the date and time the patient presents to the emergency department from the date and time the emergency department non-admitted clinical care commenced. Although triage category 1 is measured in seconds, it is recognised that the data will not be collected with this precision.
This data element should not be completed for patients who have a Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—episode end status, code N of ‘Did not wait to be attended by a health care professional’ or 'Registered, advised of another health care service, and left the emergency department without being attended by a health care professional'.
It is recognised that at times of extreme urgency or multiple synchronous presentations, or if no medical officer is on duty in the emergency department, this service may be provided by a nurse.
Source and reference attributes
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
|Related metadata references:|
Supersedes Emergency department stay—waiting time (to commencement of clinical care), total minutes NNNNN
Is formed using Emergency department stay—presentation date, DDMMYYYY
Is formed using Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—clinical care commencement date, DDMMYYYY
Is formed using Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—clinical care commencement time, hhmm
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