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Emergency department stay—ambulance offload delay, total minutes NNNNN

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termEmergency department ambulance offload delay time
Synonymous names:Help on this termAmbulance ramping time
METeOR identifier:Help on this term417543
Registration status:Help on this termTasmanian Health, Endorsed 09/12/2016
Definition:Help on this term

The amount of time, measured in minutes, between when ambulance crews have waited more than 15 minutes from triage time while having a patient under their care until the time the emergency department takes the responsibility for the care of the patient.

Context:Help on this term

Ambulance offload delay occurs when an ambulance crew and patient arrive at the emergency department and the patient is required to wait and under the care of the ambulance crew for more than 15 minutes until the emergency department has the capacity to accept or treat the patient.

Data Element Concept:Emergency department stay—ambulance offload delay

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Representation class:Help on this termTotal
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termNNNNN
Maximum character length:Help on this term5
Unit of measure:Help on this termMinute (m)

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Guide for use:Help on this term

A patient is considered to have Ambulance Offload Delay (AOD) when they are still under the care of ambulance crew 15 minutes after their arrival to the emergency department. The amount of time spent AOD is set to zero at the 15 minutes mark, consequently a patient under the care of ambulance crew and located at the emergency department for 20 minutes would be considered to have an AOD of 5 minutes.

Collection methods:Help on this term

([StaySegmentEndDateTime] - [ArrivalDateTime]) when > than 15 or 30 minutes* and the [LocationDescription] field is Ambulance waiting.

* an ambulance offload delay time of over 15 minutes being below 15:59 seconds and over 30 minutes being below 30:59 seconds.

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

Tasmanian Emergency Department Data Set - 2016 Tasmanian Health, Archived 30/04/2020

DSS specific attributes +

Tasmanian Emergency Department Data Set - 2019 Tasmanian Health, Archived 30/04/2020

DSS specific attributes +

Tasmanian Emergency Department Data Set - 2020 Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 15/06/2020

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Implementation in Indicators:Help on this termUsed as numerator
Service Agreement - Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania: 2013, KPI??-Total time (hours) spent by ambulance presentations in offload delay, 2013 Tasmanian Health, Archived 09/12/2016
Service Agreement - Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania: 2014, Percentage of patients with transfer of care completed within 15 and 30 minutes, 2014 Tasmanian Health, Archived 09/12/2016
Service Agreement - Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania: 2014, Total time (hours) spent by ambulance presentations in offload delay, 2014 Tasmanian Health, Archived 09/12/2016
Service Agreement - Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania: 2016, EFF3-4, Emergency Department, Total time (hours) spent by ambulance presentations in offload delay, 2016 Tasmanian Health, Archived 28/03/2019
Service Agreement - Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania: 2017, EFF3-4, Emergency Department - Total time (hours) spent by ambulance presentations in offload delay, 2017 Tasmanian Health, Archived 28/03/2019
Service Agreement - Department of Health Tasmania: 2018, Emergency Department - Total time (hours) spent by ambulance presentations in offload delay, 2018 Tasmanian Health, Archived 24/07/2019
Service Plan - Department of Health Tasmania: 2019, Ambulance offload delay - within 15 and 30 mins (all specified facilities), 2019 Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 24/07/2019
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