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

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Element
Short name:Type of visit to emergency service
METeOR identifier:645851
Registration status:Health, Superseded 25/01/2018

The reason the patient presents to an emergency service, as represented by a code.


Emergency service care.

Data Element Concept:Emergency service stay—type of visit to emergency service

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Code
Data type:Number
Maximum character length:1
Permissible values:
1Emergency presentation
2Return visit, planned
3Pre-arranged admission
4Patient in transit
5Dead on arrival

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

CODE 1   Emergency presentation

This code includes attendance at the emergency service for an actual or suspected condition which is sufficiently serious to require acute unscheduled care.

CODE 2   Return visit, planned

This code includes a planned return to the emergency service as a result of a previous emergency service 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

This code includes presentation by a patient at the emergency service for either clerical, nursing or medical processes to be undertaken, and admission has been pre-arranged by the referring medical officer and a bed allocated.

CODE 4   Patient in transit

This code includes where the emergency service is responsible for care and treatment of a patient awaiting transport to another facility.

CODE 5   Dead on arrival

This code includes where a patient is dead on arrival and an emergency service clinician certifies the death of the patient.

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes


Required for analysis of emergency services.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

National Institution Based Ambulatory Model Reference Group


National Health Data Committee

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

See also Emergency department stay—type of visit to emergency department, code N Health, Superseded 11/04/2014

Has been superseded by Emergency service stay—type of visit to emergency service, code N Health, Superseded 17/10/2018

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:

Activity based funding: Emergency service care NBEDS 2017-18 Health, Superseded 25/01/2018

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