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Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage category, code N

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termTriage category
METeOR identifier:Help on this term390392
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 29/01/2012
Definition:Help on this termThe urgency of the patient's need for medical and nursing care as assessed at triage, as represented by a code.
Data Element Concept:Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage category

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
Permissible values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
1Resuscitation: immediate (within seconds)
2Emergency: within 10 minutes
3Urgent: within 30 minutes
4Semi-urgent: within 60 minutes
5Non-urgent: within 120 minutes

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Collection and usage attributes

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This triage classification is to be used in the emergency departments of hospitals. Patients will be triaged into one of five categories on the National Triage Scale according to the triageur's response to the question: 'This patient should wait for medical care no longer than ...?'.

The triage category is allocated by an experienced registered nurse or medical practitioner. If the triage category changes, both triage categories can be captured, but the original category must be reported in this data element.

Source and reference attributes

Origin:Help on this termNational Triage Scale, Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

Relational attributes

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Has been superseded by Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage category, code N Health, Superseded 30/01/2012

Supersedes Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage category, code N Health, Superseded 22/12/2009

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2010-11 Health, Superseded 18/01/2011

DSS specific attributes +
Implementation in Indicators:Help on this termUsed as numerator
National Healthcare Agreement: P23-Selected potentially avoidable GP-type presentations to emergency departments, 2010 Health, Superseded 08/06/2011
National Healthcare Agreement: P35-Waiting times for emergency department care, 2010 Health, Superseded 08/06/2011
National Healthcare Agreement: PB 05-By 2012–13, 80 per cent of emergency department presentations are seen within clinically recommended triage times as recommended by the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine, 2011 Health, Superseded 30/10/2011
National Healthcare Agreement: PB 05-By 2012–13, 80 per cent of emergency department presentations are seen within clinically recommended triage times as recommended by the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine, 2012 Health, Retired 25/06/2013
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 19-Selected potentially avoidable GP-type presentations to emergency departments, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 19-Selected potentially avoidable GP-type presentations to emergency departments, 2014 Health, Superseded 14/01/2015
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 19-Selected potentially avoidable GP-type presentations to emergency departments, 2015 Health, Superseded 08/07/2016
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21a-Waiting times for emergency hospital care: Proportion seen on time, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21a-Waiting times for emergency hospital care: Proportion seen on time, 2014 Health, Superseded 14/01/2015
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21a-Waiting times for emergency hospital care: Proportion seen on time, 2015 Health, Superseded 08/07/2016
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 23-Selected potentially avoidable GP-type presentations to emergency departments, 2011 Health, Superseded 31/10/2011
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 23-Selected potentially avoidable GP-type presentations to emergency departments, 2012 Health, Superseded 25/06/2013
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 35-Waiting times for emergency department care, 2011 Health, Superseded 31/10/2011
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 35-Waiting times for emergency department care, 2012 Health, Superseded 25/06/2013
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