Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Element|
|Short name:||Length of stay in intensive care unit|
|Registration status:||Health, Superseded 05/02/2021|
Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 10/01/2018
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 31/10/2012
ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018
The total number of hours an admitted patient has spent in an intensive care unit, expressed as a number.
|Data Element Concept:||Episode of admitted patient care—length of stay in intensive care unit|
Value domain attributes
|Maximum character length:||4|
|Unit of measure:||Hour (h)|
Collection and usage attributes
|Guide for use:||Total hours expressed as 0000, 0001, 0425 etc.|
Data element attributes
Collection and usage attributes
|Guide for use:|
The total number of hours is to be reported by public hospitals that have either an approved level 3 adult intensive care unit or an approved paediatric intensive care unit.
Adult intensive care unit, level 3
The unit must be capable of providing complex, multisystem life support for an indefinite period; be a tertiary referral centre for patients in need of intensive care services and have extensive backup laboratory and clinical service facilities to support the tertiary referral role. It must be capable of providing mechanical ventilation, extracorporeal renal support services and invasive cardiovascular monitoring for an indefinite period; or care of a similar nature.
Paediatric intensive care unit
The unit must be capable of providing complex, multisystem life support for an indefinite period; be a tertiary referral centre for children needing intensive care; and have extensive backup laboratory and clinical service facilities to support this tertiary role. It must be capable of providing mechanical ventilation, extracorporeal renal support services and invasive cardiovascular monitoring for an indefinite period to infants and children less than 16 years of age; or care of a similar nature.
For the purposes of calculating the length of stay in an intensive care unit, begin the calculation with the following:
End the calculation with one of the following:
Where an episode of admitted patient care involves more than one period spent in an intensive care unit, the total number of hours is to be reported for all periods during the episode of care.
The time spent in an operating theatre or in a coronary care unit is not counted.
Where there is a contracted service episode, Hospital A will report the total duration spent in the intensive care unit of Hospital B in addition to any length of time spent in Hospital A. Hospital B will only report the total time spent in the intensive care unit in Hospital B.
The total duration of hours reported should be rounded to the nearest hour. For example, if the total length of stay in the intensive care unit was 98 hours 45 minutes, report 99 hours.
If the duration of length of stay in an intensive care unit is equal to or greater than 9999 hours, report 9999 hours.
Source and reference attributes
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
|Related metadata references:|
Has been superseded by Episode of admitted patient care—length of stay in intensive care unit, total hours NNNNN Health, Standard 05/02/2021
|Implementation in Data Set Specifications:|
All attributes +
Activity based funding: Admitted acute hospital care DSS 2013-2014 Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Superseded 01/03/2013
Admitted acute care activity based funding DSS 2012-2013 Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Superseded 31/10/2012
Admitted patient care NMDS 2013-14 Health, Superseded 11/04/2014
Admitted patient care NMDS 2014-15 Health, Superseded 13/11/2014
Admitted patient care NMDS 2015-16 Health, Superseded 10/11/2015
Admitted patient care NMDS 2016-17 Health, Superseded 05/10/2016
Admitted patient care NMDS 2017-18 Health, Superseded 25/01/2018
Admitted patient care NMDS 2018-19 Health, Superseded 12/12/2018
Admitted patient care NMDS 2019-20 Health, Superseded 18/12/2019
Admitted patient care NMDS 2020–21 Health, Superseded 05/02/2021
Admitted patient care separation (discharge) related data elements (TDLU) cluster Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 18/05/2021
Tasmanian Admitted Patient Data Set - 2018 Tasmanian Health, Archived 12/04/2019
Tasmanian Admitted Patient Data Set - 2019 Tasmanian Health, Archived 17/06/2020
Tasmanian Admitted Patient Data Set - 2020 Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 10/07/2020