Emergency department stay—type of visit to emergency department, code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Element
Short name:Type of visit to emergency department
METeOR identifier:550725
Registration status:Health, Superseded 25/01/2018
Definition:The reason the patient presents to an emergency department, as represented by a code.
Context:Emergency department care.
Data Element Concept:Emergency department stay—type of visit to emergency department

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Code
Data type:Number
Format:N
Maximum character length:1
Permissible values:
ValueMeaning
1Emergency presentation
2Return visit, planned
3Pre-arranged admission
5Dead on arrival

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

CODE 1   Emergency presentation

Where a patient presents to the emergency department for an actual or suspected condition which is sufficiently serious to require acute unscheduled care. This includes patients awaiting transit to another facility who receive clinical care in the emergency department, and patients for whom resuscitation is attempted.

Exclusion: Where patients are awaiting transit to another facility and do not receive clinical care in the emergency department, the patient should not be recorded.

CODE 2   Return visit, planned

Where a patient presents to the emergency department for a return visit, as a result of a previous emergency department presentation (Code 1) or return visit (Code 2). The return visit may be for planned follow-up treatment, as a consequence of test results becoming available indicating the need for further treatment, or as a result of a care plan initiated at discharge.

Exclusion: Where a visit follows general advice to return if feeling unwell, this should not be recorded as a planned visit.

CODE 3   Pre-arranged admission

Where a patient presents to the emergency department for an admission to either a non-emergency department ward or other admitted patient care unit that has been arranged prior to the patient's arrival, and the patient receives clinical care in the emergency department.

Exclusion: Where a patient presents for a pre-arranged admission and only clerical services are provided by the emergency department, the patient should not be recorded.

CODE 5   Dead on arrival

Where a patient is dead on arrival and an emergency department clinician certifies the death of the patient.

Exclusion: Where resuscitation of the patient is attempted, this should be recorded as an emergency presentation (Code 1).

Note: Where Code 5 is recorded for a patient, an Episode end status Code 7 (Dead on arrival) should also be recorded.

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Comments:Required for analysis of emergency department services.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:National Health Information Standards and Statistics Committee
Origin:National Health Data Committee

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Has been superseded by Emergency department stay—type of visit to emergency department, code N Health, Standard 25/01/2018

Supersedes Emergency department stay—type of visit to emergency department, code N Health, Superseded 11/04/2014

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:
All attributes +

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

DSS specific attributes +

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

DSS specific attributes +

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

DSS specific attributes +

Non-admitted patient emergency department care NBEDS 2017-18 Health, Superseded 12/12/2018

DSS specific attributes +
Implementation in Indicators:Used as numerator
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 19–Selected potentially avoidable GP-type presentations to emergency departments, 2019 Health, Standard 19/06/2019
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21a–Waiting times for emergency hospital care: Proportion seen on time, 2019 Health, Standard 19/06/2019
Used as denominator
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21a–Waiting times for emergency hospital care: Proportion seen on time, 2019 Health, Standard 19/06/2019