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Emergency department stay—physical departure time, hhmm

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termEmergency department physical departure time
METeOR identifier:Help on this term684600
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 25/01/2018
ACT Health, Final 08/08/2018
Definition:Help on this term

The time at which a patient departs an emergency department after a stay, expressed as hhmm.

Context:Help on this term

Emergency department care.

Data Element Concept:Emergency department stay—physical departure time

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termTime
Data type:Help on this termDate/Time
Format:Help on this termhhmm
Maximum character length:Help on this term4

Source and reference attributes

Reference documents:Help on this term

Standards Australia 2007. AS ISO 8601-2007 Data elements and interchange formatsInformation interchangeRepresentation of dates and times. Sydney: Standards Australia.

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

The episode end status should guide the selection of the value to be recorded in this field:

  • If the patient is subsequently admitted to this hospital (either short stay unit, hospital-in-the-home or non-emergency department hospital ward), then record the time the patient leaves the emergency department to go to the admitted patient facility.
    • Patients admitted to any other ward or bed within the emergency department have not physically departed the emergency department until they leave the emergency department.
    • If the patient is admitted and subsequently dies before leaving the emergency department, then record the time the body was removed from the emergency department.
  • If the service episode is completed without the patient being admitted, then record the time the patient's emergency department non-admitted clinical care ended.
  • If the service episode is completed and the patient is referred to another hospital for admission, then record the time the patient leaves the emergency department.
  • If the patient did not wait, then record the time the patient leaves the emergency department or was first noticed as having left.
  • If the patient leaves at their own risk, then record the time the patient leaves the emergency department or was first noticed as having left.
  • If the patient died in the emergency department, then record the time the body was removed from the emergency department.
  • If the patient was dead on arrival, then record the time the body was removed from the emergency department. If an emergency department physician certified the death of the patient outside the emergency department, then record the time the patient was certified dead.
  • If the patient was registered, advised of another health-care service, and left the emergency department without being attended by a health-care professional, then record the time the patient leaves the emergency department.
Collection methods:Help on this term

Collected in conjunction with emergency department physical departure date.

Comments:Help on this term

This data element has been developed for the purpose of State and Territory compliance with the National Healthcare Agreement and the agreed national access performance indicator.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

See also Emergency department stay—physical departure date, DDMMYYYY Health, Standard 25/01/2018, ACT Health, Final 08/08/2018

Supersedes Emergency department stay—physical departure time, hhmm Health, Superseded 25/01/2018, Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 08/12/2016

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term
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Allied health non-admitted patient emergency department NBPDS Health, Standard 12/12/2018

Non-admitted patient emergency department care NBEDS 2018-19 Health, Superseded 12/12/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Non-admitted patient emergency department care NBEDS 2019–20 Health, Standard 12/12/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2018-19 Health, Superseded 12/12/2018
ACT Health, Final 08/08/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2019–20 Health, Superseded 18/12/2019

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Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2020–21 Health, Standard 18/12/2019

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Implementation in Indicators:Help on this termUsed as numerator
Australian Health Performance Framework: PI 2.5.7–Waiting times for emergency department care: percentage of patients whose length of emergency department stay is 4 hours or less, 2019 Health, Standardisation pending 03/12/2019
Australian Health Performance Framework: PI 2.5.8–Waiting times for emergency department care: time spent in the emergency department, 2019 Health, Standardisation pending 03/12/2019
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21b–Waiting times for emergency hospital care: proportion of patients whose length of emergency department stay is less than or equal to four hours, 2020 Health, Standardisation pending 29/11/2019
Used as denominator
Australian Health Performance Framework: PI 2.5.7–Waiting times for emergency department care: percentage of patients whose length of emergency department stay is 4 hours or less, 2019 Health, Standardisation pending 03/12/2019
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21b–Waiting times for emergency hospital care: proportion of patients whose length of emergency department stay is less than or equal to four hours, 2020 Health, Standardisation pending 29/11/2019
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