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National Healthcare Agreement: PI 35-Waiting times for emergency department care, 2012

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termIndicator
Indicator type:Help on this termProgress measure
Short name:Help on this termPI 35-Waiting times for emergency department care, 2012
METeOR identifier:Help on this term435863
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 25/06/2013
Description:Help on this term

Percentage of patients who are treated within national benchmarks for waiting times for each triage category in public hospital emergency departments

Indicator set:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement (2012) Health, Superseded 25/06/2013
Outcome area:Help on this termHospital and Related Care Health, Standard 07/07/2010
National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
Quality statement:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement: PI 35-Waiting times for Emergency department care, 2012 QS Health, Superseded 14/01/2015

Collection and usage attributes

Computation description:Help on this term

See Australasian Triage Scale from the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine for description of each triage category, including indicative clinical descriptors.

The numerator and denominator include records with a Type of visit of Emergency presentation, or Not reported for South Australia.

Records are excluded from both the numerator and denominator if the episode end status is either Did not wait to be attended by a health professional, or Dead on arrival, not treated in emergency department, or if the waiting time to service is invalid.

Analysis by state and territory is based on location of service.

Analysis by remoteness and SEIFA Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) is based on usual residence of person.

Presented as a percentage.

Computation:Help on this term

100 x (Numerator ÷ Denominator)

Calculated overall and separately for each triage category.

Numerator:Help on this term

Number of presentations to public hospital emergency departments that were treated within benchmarks for each triage category:

  • Triage category 1: seen within seconds, calculated as less than or equal to 2 minutes
  • Triage category 2: seen within 10 minutes
  • Triage category 3: seen within 30 minutes
  • Triage category 4: seen within 60 minutes
  • Triage category 5: seen within 120 minutes
Numerator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetNon-admitted patient emergency department service episode—waiting time (to service delivery), total minutes NNNNN
Data Source
National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database
NMDS / DSS
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2010-11
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetNon-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage category, code N
Data Source
National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database
NMDS / DSS
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2010-11
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetNon-admitted patient emergency department service episode—type of visit to emergency department, code N
Data Source
National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database
NMDS / DSS
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2010-11
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Denominator:Help on this termTotal presentations to public hospital emergency departments
Denominator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetPerson—person identifier, XXXXXX[X(14)]
Data Source
National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database
NMDS / DSS
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2010-11
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetNon-admitted patient emergency department service episode—episode end status, code N
Data Source
National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database
NMDS / DSS
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2010-11
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetNon-admitted patient emergency department service episode—type of visit to emergency department, code N
Data Source
National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database
NMDS / DSS
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2010-11
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Disaggregation:Help on this term

2009–10 (revised for peer group) and 2010–11—Nationally, by Triage category, by SEIFA Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) deciles.

2009–10 (revised for peer group) and 2010–11—State and territory, by Triage category, by:

  • peer group
  • Indigenous status
  • remoteness (Australian Standard Geographical Classification Remoteness Structure) 
  • SEIFA IRSD quintiles

Disaggregation by peer group is limited to Peer Groups A and B, as this is the scope of the collection, and coverage varies for other hospitals by state and territory.

Some disaggregation may result in numbers too small for publication.  

Disaggregation data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetEstablishment—Australian state/territory identifier, code N
Data Source
National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database
NMDS / DSS
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2010-11
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetPerson—Indigenous status, code N
Data Source
National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database
NMDS / DSS
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2010-11
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetNon-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage category, code N
Data Source
National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database
NMDS / DSS
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2010-11
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Public hospital peer group
Data Source
National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database
NMDS / DSS
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2010-11
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetPerson—area of usual residence, geographical location CD code, (ASGC 2009) NNNNNNN
Data Source
National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database
NMDS / DSS
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2010-11
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Used for disaggregation by remoteness and SEIFA IRSD
Comments:Help on this term

Most recent data available for 2012 CRC  report: 2010–11.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termPercentage
Data type:Help on this termReal
Unit of measure:Help on this termPerson
Format:Help on this termNN[N]

Indicator conceptual framework

Framework and dimensions:Help on this termAccessibility

Data source attributes

Data sources:Help on this term
Data SourceNational Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database
Frequency
Annual
Data custodian

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare


Accountability attributes

Reporting requirements:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement
Organisation responsible for providing data:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare
Benchmark:Help on this termNational 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 Australian College of Emergency Medicine
Further data development / collection required:Help on this termSpecification: Interim

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

See also 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

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 14-Waiting times for GPs, 2012 Health, Superseded 25/06/2013

Has been superseded by National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21a-Waiting times for emergency hospital care: Proportion seen on time, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 23-Selected potentially avoidable GP-type presentations to emergency departments, 2012 Health, Superseded 25/06/2013

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 24-GP-type services, 2012 Health, Retired 25/06/2013

Supersedes National Healthcare Agreement: PI 35-Waiting times for emergency department care, 2011 Health, Superseded 31/10/2011

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 36-Waiting times for admission following emergency department care, 2012 Health, Superseded 25/06/2013

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 46-Rates of services: Outpatient occasions of service, 2012 Health, Retired 25/06/2013

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