National Health Performance Authority, Hospital Performance: Percentage of patients who commenced treatment within clinically recommended time 2014
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||Percentage of patients who commenced treatment within clinically recommended time 2014|
|Registration status:||National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016|
Percentage of patients in each triage category with waiting times less than or equal to the recommended maximum waiting time stated in the Australasian Triage Scale.
|Indicator set:||National Health Performance Authority: Hospital performance: 2011-16 National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016|
Collection and usage attributes
|Population group age from:||All ages|
The Australasian Triage Scale states that presentations in the resuscitation triage category should be treated 'immediately', which for reporting purposes is defined as two minutes or less.
The maximum waiting times for other triage categories are:
These measures are based on presentations with a Type of visit of 'emergency presentation'.
These measures exclude presentations with a type of visit of 'return visit, planned', 'pre-arranged admission' or 'patient in transit'. Patients who did not wait to be attended by a healthcare professional, were dead on arrival or the triage category was 'not reported' are also excluded.
Patients who left at their own risk or had a missing or invalid waiting time were counted in the number of presentations to emergency departments but not the waiting time statistics.
Presented as a percentage.
Data are not reported for hospitals with less than 5 patients to protect patients’ privacy.
Results are not reported for hospitals with less than 10 patients presenting to the emergency department.
|Computation:||100 × (Numerator ÷ Denominator)|
Number of presentations to public hospital emergency departments that were treated within benchmarks for each triage category:
|Numerator data elements:|
|Denominator:||Number of emergency department presentations with valid arrival or triage time and commencement of treatment time recorded|
|Denominator data elements:|
2012–13—By hospital by Triage Category
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:|
Data for urgent and semi-urgent categories are reported quarterly.
These results are reported across Australia using a hospital peer classification system refined by the Authority for the purposes of reporting the NEAT indicator in a comparable fashion. A revised version of AIHW Revision 1 method of peer classification was used for more information see page 6 in the, Technical Supplement: Time patients spent in emergency departments in 2011-12. http://www.myhospitals.gov.au/Content/Reports/time-in-emergency-department/2012-12/pdf/Technical_Supplement-Time_in_ED-2011-12.pdf
|Unit of measure:||Person|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||PAF-Equity of access|
PAF-Effectiveness of access
Data source attributes
|Reporting requirements:||National Health Performance Agreement - Performance and Accountability Framework|
|Organisation responsible for providing data:||Australian Institute of Health and Welfare; Department of Health and Ageing|
Source and reference attributes
|Submitting organisation:||National Health Performance Authority|
Technical Supplement: Time patients spent in emergency departments in 2011-12.