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Elective surgery waiting list episode—clinical urgency, code N

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termClinical urgency
METeOR identifier:Help on this term598034
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 12/06/2015
ACT Health, Final 03/08/2018
Definition:Help on this term

A clinical assessment of the urgency with which a patient requires elective surgery, as represented by a code.

Data element concept attributes

Identifying and definitional attributes

Data element concept:Elective surgery waiting list episode—clinical urgency
METeOR identifier:Help on this term598030
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 12/06/2015
Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 01/12/2016
ACT Health, Final 19/07/2018
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A clinical assessment of the urgency with which a patient requires elective surgery.

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Elective surgery:

Categorisation of waiting list patients by clinical urgency assists hospital management and clinicians in the prioritisation of their workloads. It gives health consumers a reasonable estimate of the maximum time they should expect to wait for care. Clinical urgency classification allows a meaningful measure of system performance to be calculated, namely the number or proportion of patients who wait for times in excess of the maximum desirable time limit for their urgency category (metadata item the overdue patient status).

Object class:Help on this termElective surgery waiting list episode
Property:Help on this termClinical urgency

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

National Health Information Standards and Statistics Committee

Reference documents:Help on this term

AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) 2013. National definitions for elective surgery urgency categories: proposal for the Standing Council on Health. Cat. no. HSE 138. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 30 July 2015. http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=60129543979

Value domain attributes

Identifying and definitional attributes

Value domain:Clinical urgency code N
METeOR identifier:Help on this term598026
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 12/06/2015
ACT Health, Final 08/08/2018
Definition:Help on this term

A code set representing the clinical assessment of the urgency with which a patient requires a procedure.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
Permissible values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
1Procedures that are clinically indicated within 30 days
2Procedures that are clinically indicated within 90 days
3Procedures that are clinically indicated within 365 days

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

National Health Information Standards and Statistics Committee

Reference documents:Help on this term

AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) 2013. National definitions for elective surgery urgency categories: proposal for the Standing Council on Health. Cat. no. HSE 138. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 30 July 2015. http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=60129543979

Data element attributes

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Guide for use:Help on this term

Patients who require an elective procedure should be assigned an urgency category by the treating clinician. The urgency category should be:

  • appropriate to the patient and their clinical situation
  • not influenced by the availability of hospital or surgeon resources.
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The treating clinician is the clinician with responsibility for the patient at the time of urgency categorisation.

The clinical situation of the patient is taken to encompass the patient's medical condition and the patient's life circumstances, including issues related to activity limitations, restrictions in participation in employment and other life situations, carer responsibilities and access to carer and other supports.

A patient's classification may change if he or she undergoes clinical review during the waiting period. The need for clinical review varies with the patient's condition and is therefore at the discretion of the treating clinician. The waiting list information system should be able to record dates when the classification is changed (metadata item Elective care waiting list episode—category reassignment date, DDMMYYYY).

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

National Health Information Standards and Statistics Committee

Reference documents:Help on this term

AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) 2013. National definitions for elective surgery urgency categories: proposal for the Standing Council on Health. Cat. no. HSE 138. Canberra: AIHW. http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=60129543979

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

See also Elective care waiting list episode—category reassignment date, DDMMYYYY Health, Standard 19/11/2015, Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 02/12/2016, ACT Health, Final 08/08/2018

See also Elective care waiting list episode—category reassignment date, DDMMYYYY Health, Superseded 19/11/2015

Supersedes Elective surgery waiting list episode—clinical urgency, code N Health, Superseded 12/06/2015, Tasmanian Health, Draft 13/09/2012, National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016

See also Elective surgery waiting list episode—overdue patient status, code N Health, Standardisation pending 01/10/2019

See also Elective surgery waiting list episode—overdue patient status, code N Health, Superseded 25/01/2018, Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 07/12/2016

See also Elective surgery waiting list episode—overdue patient status, code N Health, Standard 25/01/2018, ACT Health, Final 03/08/2018

See also Elective surgery waiting list episode—overdue patient status, code N Health, Superseded 19/11/2015

See also Elective surgery waiting list episode—waiting time (at a census date), total days N[NNN] Health, Superseded 12/12/2018, Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 02/12/2016, ACT Health, Final 08/08/2018

See also Elective surgery waiting list episode—waiting time at a census date, total days N[NNN] Health, Standardisation pending 31/10/2019

See also Elective surgery waiting list episode—waiting time at a census date, total days N[NNN] Health, Standard 12/12/2018, ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018

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

Elective surgery waiting times (census data) NMDS 2015-16 Health, Superseded 19/11/2015

DSS specific attributes +

Elective surgery waiting times (census data) NMDS 2016-17 Health, Superseded 29/06/2016

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Elective surgery waiting times (removals data) NMDS 2015-16 Health, Superseded 19/11/2015

DSS specific attributes +

Elective surgery waiting times (removals data) NMDS 2016-17 Health, Superseded 29/06/2016

DSS specific attributes +

Elective surgery waiting times cluster Health, Superseded 12/12/2018
ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018

Elective surgery waiting times cluster Health, Superseded 05/10/2016

Elective surgery waiting times cluster Health, Superseded 25/01/2018

Elective surgery waiting times cluster Health, Standardisation pending 01/10/2019

Elective surgery waiting times cluster Health, Standard 12/12/2018

Elective surgery waiting times NMDS 2016-17 Health, Superseded 05/10/2016

DSS specific attributes +

Elective surgery waiting times NMDS 2017-18 Health, Superseded 25/01/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Elective surgery waiting times NMDS 2018-19 Health, Superseded 12/12/2018
ACT Health, Final 03/08/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Elective surgery waiting times NMDS 2019–20 Health, Standard 12/12/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Elective surgery waiting times NMDS 2020–21 Health, Standardisation pending 31/10/2019

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