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Elective surgery waiting list episode—reason for removal from a waiting list, code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termReason for removal from elective surgery waiting list
METeOR identifier:Help on this term684830
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 25/01/2018
ACT Health, Final 03/08/2018
Definition:Help on this term

The reason a patient is removed from an elective surgery waiting list, as represented by a code.

Context:Help on this term

Elective surgery

Data Element Concept:Elective surgery waiting list episode—reason for removal from a waiting list

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
ValueMeaning
1Admitted as an elective patient for awaited procedure by or on behalf of this hospital or the state/territory
2Admitted as an emergency patient for awaited procedure by or on behalf of this hospital or the state/territory
3Could not be contacted (includes patients who have died while waiting, whether or not the cause of death was related to the condition requiring treatment)
4Treated elsewhere for awaited procedure, but not on behalf of this hospital or the state/territory
5Surgery not required or declined
6Transferred to another hospital's waiting list
Supplementary values:Help on this term
9Not known

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

CODE 1   Admitted as an elective patient for awaited procedure by or on behalf of this hospital or the state/territory

Patients undergoing the awaited procedure whilst admitted for another reason are to be coded this code.

CODE 2   Admitted as an emergency patient for awaited procedure by or on behalf of this hospital or the state/territory

This code identifies patients who were admitted ahead of their normal position in the queue because the condition requiring treatment deteriorated whilst waiting. Admission as an emergency patient could also be due to other causes such as inappropriate urgency rating, delays in the system, or unpredicted biological variation.

CODE 3   Could not be contacted (includes patients who have died while waiting, whether or not the cause of death was related to the condition requiring treatment)

CODE 4   Treated elsewhere for awaited procedure, but not on behalf of this hospital or the state/territory

This code would be used where surgery was undertaken other than by or on behalf of this hospital or the state/territory; for example, the patient has accessed surgery as a private patient in a private hospital.

CODE 5   Surgery not required or declined

These codes provide an indication of the amount of clerical audit of the waiting lists. Code 4 gives an indication of patients treated other than as a patient of the hospital's waiting list. The awaited procedure may have been performed as an emergency or as an elective procedure.

CODE 6   Transferred to another hospital's waiting list

This code identifies patients who were transferred from one hospital's elective surgery waiting list to that of another hospital. The waiting time on the waiting lists at the initial hospital and subsequent hospitals should be combined for national reporting.

CODE 9   Not known

This code identifies patients removed from the waiting list for reasons unknown.

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Comments:Help on this term

Routine admission for the awaited procedure is only one reason why patients are removed from the waiting list. Each reason for removal provides different information. These data are necessary to augment census and throughput data. For example, after an audit the number of patients on a list would be expected to reduce. If an audit were undertaken immediately prior to a census the numbers on the list may appear low and not in keeping with the number of additions to the list and patients admitted from the list.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Hospital Access Program Waiting Lists Working Group

Waiting Times Working Group

Origin:Help on this term

National Health Data Committee

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

Supersedes Elective surgery waiting list episode—reason for removal from a waiting list, code N Health, Superseded 25/01/2018, National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016

See also Elective surgery waiting list episode—waiting list removal date, DDMMYYYY Health, Standard 12/12/2018, ACT Health, Final 03/08/2018

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term
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Elective surgery waiting times cluster Health, Superseded 12/12/2018
ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018

Elective surgery waiting times cluster Health, Standard 12/12/2018

Elective surgery waiting times NMDS 2018-19 Health, Superseded 12/12/2018
ACT Health, Final 03/08/2018

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Elective surgery waiting times NMDS 2019–20 Health, Standard 12/12/2018

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