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

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termTriage category
METeOR identifier:Help on this term474185
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 05/10/2016
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 31/10/2012
National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
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.
Context:Help on this termEmergency department care.
Data Element Concept:Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage category

Value domain attributes

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Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
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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 Australasian 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.

A triage category should not be assigned for patients who have a Type of visit of 'Dead on arrival, emergency department clinician certified the death of the patient'.

Source and reference attributes

Origin:Help on this termAustralasian Triage Scale, Australasian College for Emergency Medicine
Reference documents:Help on this term

The Australian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) policy on the Australian Triage Scheme is accessible at:

Australian College of Emergency Medicine 2000. Australian College of Emergency Medicine, Melbourne. Viewed 15 February 2013,

http://www.acem.org.au/media/policies_and_guidelines/
P06_Aust_Triage_Scale_-_Nov_2000.pdf

In addition, the ACEM guideline provides descriptors for the individual triage categories which can be viewed at:

Australian College of Emergency Medicine 2005. Australian College of Emergency Medicine, Melbourne. Viewed 15 February 2013,

http://www.acem.org.au/media/policies_and_guidelines/
G24_Implementation__ATS.pdf

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

Has been superseded by Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage category, code N Health, Superseded 25/01/2018

Supersedes Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage category, code N Health, Superseded 30/01/2012

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

Activity based funding: Emergency department care DSS 2013-2014 Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Superseded 01/03/2013

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Activity based funding: Emergency service care DSS 2013-2014 Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 31/10/2012

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Activity based funding: Emergency service care DSS 2014-15 Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 14/01/2015

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Activity based funding: Emergency service care DSS 2015-16 Health, Superseded 19/11/2015

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Activity based funding: Emergency service care NBEDS 2016-17 Health, Superseded 05/10/2016

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Acute coronary syndrome (clinical) DSS Health, Superseded 02/05/2013

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Acute coronary syndrome (clinical) NBPDS Health, Candidate 15/05/2017

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Acute coronary syndrome (clinical) NBPDS 2013- Health, Standard 02/05/2013

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Emergency department care activity based funding DSS 2012-2013 Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Superseded 31/10/2012

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Emergency services activity based funding DSS 2012-2013 Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Superseded 31/10/2012

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Non-admitted patient emergency department care DSS 2014-15 Health, Superseded 04/02/2015

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Non-admitted patient emergency department care DSS 2015-16 Health, Superseded 02/12/2015

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Non-admitted patient emergency department care NBEDS 2016-17 Health, Superseded 05/10/2016

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Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2012-13 Health, Superseded 07/02/2013

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Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2013-14 Health, Superseded 11/04/2014

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Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2014-15 Health, Superseded 13/11/2014

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Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2015-16 Health, Superseded 19/11/2015

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Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2016-17 Health, Superseded 05/10/2016

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Implementation in Indicators:Help on this termUsed as numerator
National Health Performance Authority, Hospital Performance: Percentage of patients who commenced treatment within clinically recommended time 2014 National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 19–Selected potentially avoidable GP-type presentations to emergency departments, 2016 Health, Superseded 31/01/2017
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 19–Selected potentially avoidable GP-type presentations to emergency departments, 2017 Health, Superseded 30/01/2018
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 19–Selected potentially avoidable GP-type presentations to emergency departments, 2018 Health, Superseded 19/06/2019
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21a–Waiting times for emergency hospital care: Proportion seen on time, 2016 Health, Superseded 31/01/2017
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21a–Waiting times for emergency hospital care: Proportion seen on time, 2017 Health, Superseded 30/01/2018
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21a–Waiting times for emergency hospital care: Proportion seen on time, 2018 Health, Superseded 19/06/2019
Used as denominator
National Health Performance Authority, Hospital Performance: Percentage of patients who commenced treatment within clinically recommended time 2014 National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
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