Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage category, code N
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Element|
|Short name:||Triage category|
|Registration status:||Health, Superseded 25/01/2018|
The urgency of the patient's need for medical and nursing care as assessed at triage, as represented by a code.
Emergency department care.
|Data Element Concept:||Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage category|
Value domain attributes
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Data element attributes
Collection and usage attributes
This triage classification is to be used in the emergency departments 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 who have a Type of visit of 'Dead on arrival, emergency department clinician certified the death of the patient'.
Source and reference attributes
Australasian Triage Scale, Australasian College for Emergency Medicine
Australasian College for Emergency Medicine 2013. Policy on the Australasian Triage Scale (P06). Melbourne: Australasian College for Emergency Medicine. Viewed 5 August 2016, http://acem.org.au/getattachment/693998d7-94be-4ca7-a0e7-3d74cc9b733f/Policy-on-the-Australasian-Triage-Scale.aspx
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, http://acem.org.au/getattachment/4320524e-ad60-4e7c-a96d-bdf90cd7966c/G24-Implementation-of-the-Australasian-Triage-Scal.aspx
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See also Emergency service stay—triage category, code N Health, Superseded 25/01/2018
Has been superseded by Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage category, code N Health, Standard 25/01/2018
Supersedes Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage category, code N Health, Superseded 05/10/2016, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 31/10/2012, National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
|Implementation in Data Set Specifications:|
All attributes +
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NBEDS 2017-18 Health, Superseded 12/12/2018
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2017-18 Health, Superseded 25/01/2018
|Implementation in Indicators:||Used as numerator|
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 19–Selected potentially avoidable GP-type presentations to emergency departments, 2019 Health, Superseded 13/03/2020
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21a–Waiting times for emergency hospital care: Proportion seen on time, 2019 Health, Superseded 13/03/2020