Service Agreement - Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania: 2016, ACC4 - Emergency Department - Percentage of all emergency department patients with an ED length of stay less than 4 hours, 2016
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||Emergency department patients LOS <4 hours (percentage)|
|Registration status:||Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 08/12/2016|
This indicator measures the percentage of emergency department presentations, who either physically leave the emergency department for admission for hospital, are referred to another hospital for treatment, or are discharged, whose total time in the emergency department is less than four hours.
|Indicator set:||Service Agreement - Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania: 2016 Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 12/12/2016|
|Outcome area:||Emergency Department access Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 07/12/2016|
Collection and usage attributes
The definitions include presentations that have been assigned a triage category between 1 and 5. All presentations are included in the calculation of this indicator including ‘did not wait’ and ‘dead on arrival’. Excluded for the purpose of calculating this indicator are presentations that have an invalid waiting time to service delivery. See Australasian Triage Scale from the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine for a description of each triage category, including indicative clinical descriptors.
Time to treatment is calculated by subtracting the date and time the patient presented to the emergency department from the date and time treatment commenced. The time to treatment is then compared to the recommended treatment time for the allocated initial triage category.
The indicator is calculated for all presentations as a whole and presented as a percentage.
100 x (Numerator ÷ Denominator)
Total number of emergency department presentations whose length of stay is less than 4 hours
|Numerator data elements:|
Total presentations to emergency departments
|Denominator data elements:|
Specified disaggregation: Hospital, triage category and reporting month based on the date of the end of the emergency department stay
|Disaggregation data elements:|
|Unit of measure:||Person|