Australian Government: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare METeOR Home Page

Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—service commencement time, hhmm

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termEmergency department time of commencement of service event
METeOR identifier:Help on this term390401
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 30/01/2012
Definition:Help on this termThe time at which a non-admitted emergency department service event commences, expressed as hhmm.
Context:Help on this termEmergency Department care
Data Element Concept:Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—service commencement time

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termTime
Data type:Help on this termDate/Time
Format:Help on this termhhmm
Maximum character length:Help on this term4

Source and reference attributes

Reference documents:Help on this termISO 8601:2000 : Data elements and interchange formats - Information interchange - Representation of dates and times

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

An Emergency Department service event can be commenced by a doctor, nurse, mental health practitioner or other health professional, when investigation, care and/or treatment is provided in accordance with an established clinical pathway defined by the Emergency Department. Placement of a patient in a cubicle and observations taken to monitor a patient pending a clinical decision regarding commencement of a clinical pathway, do not constitute commencement. 

The following examples illustrate the commencement of an Emergency Department service event.


Example 1

  • A patient presents at the Emergency Department with mild asthma. At triage, the patient is categorised as category three and returns to the waiting area.
  • The patient has a more severe asthma attack in the waiting area, is re-triaged to category two and shown to a cubicle where standard observations are taken.
  • A nurse comes to the cubicle and commences treatment based on an acknowledged clinical pathway of the Emergency Department. At this point : Emergency Department service event has commenced.

Example 2

  • A patient presents at the Emergency Department in an agitated, delusional state. At triage, the patient is categorised as category two and placed in a cubicle and the mental health practitioner notified.
  • Observations are taken and nursing staff continue to observe the patient.
  • The mental health practitioner arrives, assesses the patient and develops a management plan. At this point : Emergency Department service event has commenced.

Example 3

  • A patient presents at the Emergency Department with an ankle injury from football. At triage, the patient is categorised as category four and moved to the 'fast track area'.
  • The physiotherapist attends, examines the patient, makes an assessment (including diagnostic imaging requirements) and determines a treatment plan. At this point : Emergency Department service event has commenced.

Example 4

  • A patient presents at the Emergency Department with a sore arm, following a fall, with limited arm movement possible.
  • The patient is categorised as category three at triage and placed in a cubicle.
  • A nurse provides analgesia and assesses the patient, including ordering diagnostic imaging. At this point : Emergency Department service event has commenced.

Example 5

  • A patient presents at the Emergency Department feeling vague and having been generally unwell for a day or two.  The patient has a slight cough. At triage, the patient is categorised as category three.
  • The patient is placed in a cubicle where standard observations are taken.  Respiration is 26 bpm, BP is 90/60 and the patient is hypoxic. The patient is given oxygen, and the treating clinician attends and provides instruction regarding patient care. At this point : Emergency Department service event has commenced.

Example 6

  • A patient presents at the Emergency Department with chest pain. Triage category two is allocated. The patient is placed in a cubicle and a nurse gives oxygen and Anginine, takes blood samples and conducts an ECG. The ECG is reviewed. At this point : Emergency Department service event has commenced.
  • A doctor subsequently arrives and the patient is transferred to the catheter lab after examination.

Example 7

  • The Emergency Department is notified by ambulance that a patient is being transported having severe behavioural problems.
  • The patient is taken to an appropriate cubicle and restrained.
  • A clinician administers sedation and requests the attendance of a mental health practitioner. At this point : Emergency Department service event has commenced.
Collection methods:Help on this termCollected in conjunction with emergency department service episode service commencement date.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termAustralian Government Department of Health and Ageing

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

See also Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—clinical care commencement time, hhmm Health, Superseded 30/01/2012

Has been superseded by Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—clinical care commencement time, hhmm Health, Superseded 19/11/2015, Tasmanian Health, Archived 27/05/2020, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 01/11/2012

Supersedes Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—service commencement time, hhmm Health, Superseded 22/12/2009

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term
All attributes +

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

DSS specific attributes +

Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2011-12 Health, Superseded 30/01/2012
Commonwealth Department of Health, Candidate 16/07/2015

DSS specific attributes +
My items Help on this term
Download Help on this term