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Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage category, code N

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termTriage category
METeOR identifier:Help on this term646659
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 25/01/2018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 department care.

Data Element Concept:Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage category

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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
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 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

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, 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:Help on this term
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Non-admitted patient emergency department care NBEDS 2017-18 Health, Superseded 12/12/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2017-18 Health, Superseded 25/01/2018

DSS specific attributes +
Implementation in Indicators:Help on this termUsed as numerator
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 19–Selected potentially avoidable GP-type presentations to emergency departments, 2019 Health, Standard 19/06/2019
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21a–Waiting times for emergency hospital care: Proportion seen on time, 2019 Health, Standard 19/06/2019
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