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National Health Performance Authority, Hospital Performance: Percentage of patients who commenced treatment within clinically recommended time 2014

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termIndicator
Indicator type:Help on this termIndicator
Short name:Help on this termPercentage of patients who commenced treatment within clinically recommended time 2014
METeOR identifier:Help on this term563081
Registration status:Help on this termNational Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
Description:Help on this term

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:Help on this termNational Health Performance Authority: Hospital performance: 2011-16 National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016

Collection and usage attributes

Population group age from:Help on this termAll ages
Computation description:Help on this term

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:

  • emergency (category 2) - 10 minutes
  • urgent (category 3) - 30 minutes
  • semi-urgent (category 4) - 60
  • minutes non-urgent (category 5) - 120 minutes

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:Help on this term100 × (Numerator ÷ Denominator)
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 SetEmergency department stay—waiting time (to commencement of clinical care), total minutes NNNNN
Data Source
National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database
NMDS / DSS
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2013-14
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetEmergency department stay—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 2012-13
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 2012-13
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 2012-13
Denominator:Help on this termNumber of emergency department presentations with valid arrival or triage time and commencement of treatment time recorded
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 2012-13
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 2012-13
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 2012-13
Data Element / Data SetEmergency department stay—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 2013-14
Disaggregation:Help on this term

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:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetEstablishment—organisation identifier (Australian), NNX[X]NNNNN
Data Source
National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database
NMDS / DSS
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2012-13
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 2012-13
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Comments:Help on this term

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

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 termN[NN]

Indicator conceptual framework

Framework and dimensions:Help on this termPAF-Equity of access

PAF-Effectiveness of access

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 Health Performance Agreement - Performance and Accountability Framework
Organisation responsible for providing data:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare; Department of Health and Ageing

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termNational Health Performance Authority
Reference documents:Help on this term

 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 

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