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Emergency department - public hospital

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Metadata item type:Help on this termGlossary Item
METeOR identifier:Help on this term327228
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 01/03/2005
ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018
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The dedicated area in a public hospital that is organised and administered to provide emergency care to those in the community who perceive the need for or are in need of acute or urgent care.

The emergency department must be part of a hospital and be licensed or otherwise recognised as an emergency department by the appropriate state or territory authority.

An emergency department provides triage, assessment, care and/or treatment for patients suffering from medical condition(s) and/or injury.

Context:Help on this termEmergency department care.

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This glossary term has been defined to support the National Minimum Data Set - Non-admitted patient emergency department care. It is not intended as a definitive statement of the role or purpose of an emergency department.

The national definition of an emergency department and the care that is provided in an emergency department is characterised by jurisdictional and local differences. For example, there is no national agreement on the identification and classification of emergency department-related settings such as observation units, short stays units, or the use of 'admitted patient beds' located in an emergency department setting.
Emergency department is therefore defined as a concept, and not necessarily as a physical premises, setting or site.

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Submitting organisation:Help on this termNational reference group for non-admitted patient data development, 2001/02.

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Supersedes Emergency department - public hospital, version 1, DEC, NHDD, NHIMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (14.1 KB)

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Government health expenditure NMDS 2014- Health, Standard 04/12/2013
ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018

Health or health related function code NNN Health, Superseded 04/12/2013

Health or health related-function code NNN Health, Standard 04/12/2013
ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018

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