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Emergency service stay—triage category, code N

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termEmergency service stay triage category
METeOR identifier:Help on this term645869
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 25/01/2018
Definition:Help on this term

The urgency of the patient's need for medical and nursing care as assessed at triage, as represented by a code.

Context:Help on this term

Emergency service care.

Data Element Concept:Emergency service stay—triage category

Value domain attributes

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
1Resuscitation: immediate (within seconds)
2Emergency: within 10 minutes
3Urgent: within 30 minutes
4Semi-urgent: within 60 minutes
5Non-urgent: within 120 minutes

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Collection and usage attributes

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This triage classification is to be used in the emergency services of hospitals. Patients will be triaged into one of five categories on the Australasian Triage Scale according to the triageur's response to the question: 'This patient should wait for medical care no longer than ...?'.

The triage category is allocated by an experienced registered nurse or medical practitioner. If the triage category changes, both triage categories can be captured, but the original category must be reported in this data element.

A triage category should not be assigned for patients if Emergency service stay—type of visit to emergency service, code N is coded 5 (i.e. Dead on arrival).

Source and reference attributes

Origin:Help on this term

Australasian Triage Scale, Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

Reference documents:Help on this term

Australasian College for Emergency Medicine 2013. Policy on the Australasian Triage Scale (P06). Melbourne: Australasian College for Emergency Medicine. Viewed 5 August 2016,

Australasian College for Emergency Medicine 2016. Guidelines on the implementation of the Australasian Triage Scale in Emergency Department (G24). Melbourne: Australasian College for Emergency Medicine Viewed 20 September 2016,

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Has been superseded by Emergency service stay—triage category, code N Health, Standard 25/01/2018

See also Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage category, code N Health, Superseded 25/01/2018

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

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

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