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Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—clinical care commencement time, hhmm

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termEmergency department clinical care commencement time
METeOR identifier:Help on this term703252
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 12/12/2018
Definition:Help on this term

The time at which emergency department non-admitted clinical care commences, expressed as hhmm.

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Emergency department care.

Data Element Concept:Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—clinical care commencement time

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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

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

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Guide for use:Help on this term

Emergency department non-admitted clinical care can be commenced by a doctor, nurse, mental health practitioner or other health professional, when investigation, care and/or treatment is provided in accordance with an established clinical pathway defined by the emergency department. Placement of a patient in a cubicle and observations taken to monitor a patient pending a clinical decision regarding commencement of a clinical pathway, do not constitute commencement.

Patients with an episode end status of 'Did not wait to be attended by a healthcare professional' or 'Registered, advised of another health care service, and left the emergency department without being attended by a health care professional' should not have a clinical care commencement time, because they left before investigation, care and/or treatment was commenced by a health professional in accordance with an established clinical pathway defined by the emergency department.

The following examples illustrate the commencement of emergency department non-admitted clinical care.

Example 1

  • A patient presents at the emergency department with mild asthma. At triage, the patient is categorised as category three and returns to the waiting area.
  • The patient has a more severe asthma attack in the waiting area, is re-triaged to category two and shown to a cubicle where standard observations are taken.
  • A nurse comes to the cubicle and commences treatment based on an acknowledged clinical pathway of the emergency department. At this point: emergency department clinical care has commenced.

Example 2

  • A patient presents at the emergency department in an agitated, delusional state. At triage, the patient is categorised as category two and placed in a cubicle and the mental health practitioner notified.
  • Observations are taken and nursing staff continue to observe the patient.
  • The mental health practitioner arrives, assesses the patient and develops a management plan. At this point: emergency department clinical care has commenced.

Example 3

  • A patient presents at the emergency department with an ankle injury from football. At triage, the patient is categorised as category four and moved to the 'fast track area'.
  • The physiotherapist attends, examines the patient, makes an assessment (including diagnostic imaging requirements) and determines a treatment plan. At this point: emergency department clinical care has commenced.

Example 4

  • A patient presents at the emergency department with a sore arm, following a fall, with limited arm movement possible.
  • The patient is categorised as category three at triage and placed in a cubicle.
  • A nurse provides analgesia and assesses the patient, including ordering diagnostic imaging. At this point: emergency department clinical care has commenced.

Example 5

  • A patient presents at the emergency department feeling vague and having been generally unwell for a day or two. The patient has a slight cough. At triage, the patient is categorised as category three.
  • The patient is placed in a cubicle where standard observations are taken. Respiration is 26 bpm, BP is 90/60 and the patient is hypoxic. The patient is given oxygen, and the treating clinician attends and provides instruction regarding patient care. At this point: emergency department clinical care has commenced.

Example 6

  • A patient presents at the emergency department with chest pain. Triage category two is allocated. The patient is placed in a cubicle and a nurse gives oxygen and Anginine, takes blood samples and conducts an ECG. The ECG is reviewed. At this point: emergency department clinical care has commenced.
  • A doctor subsequently arrives and the patient is transferred to the catheter lab after examination.

Example 7

  • The emergency department is notified by ambulance that a patient is being transported having severe behavioural problems.
  • The patient is taken to an appropriate cubicle and restrained.
  • A clinician administers sedation and requests the attendance of a mental health practitioner. At this point: emergency department clinical care has commenced.
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Collected in conjunction with emergency department clinical care commencement date.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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Supersedes Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—clinical care commencement time, hhmm Health, Superseded 12/12/2018, ACT Health, Final 08/08/2018

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term
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Non-admitted patient emergency department care NBEDS 2019–20 Health, Standard 12/12/2018

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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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