Non-admitted patient emergency department care NBEDS 2019–20

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Set Specification
METeOR identifier:708556
Registration status:Health, Retired 19/11/2019
DSS type:Data Set Specification (DSS)

The scope of the Non-admitted patient emergency department care National Best Endeavours Data Set (NAPEDC NBEDS) is patients registered for care in emergency departments in public hospitals where the emergency department meets the following criteria:

  • Purposely designed and equipped area with designated assessment, treatment and resuscitation areas.
  • Ability to provide resuscitation, stabilisation and initial management of all emergencies.
  • Availability of medical staff in the hospital 24 hours a day.
  • Designated emergency department nursing staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and a designated emergency department nursing unit manager.

Patients who were dead on arrival are in scope if an emergency department clinician certified the death of the patient. Patients who leave the emergency department after being triaged and then advised of alternative treatment options are in scope.

The scope includes only physical presentations to emergency departments. Advice provided by telephone or videoconferencing is not in scope, although it is recognised that advice received by telehealth may form part of the care provided to patients physically receiving care in the emergency department.

The care provided to patients in emergency departments is, in most instances, recognised as being provided to non-admitted patients. Patients being treated in emergency departments may subsequently become admitted (including admission in the emergency department, admission to another hospital ward, including a short stay unit, or admission to hospital-in-the-home). All patients remain in-scope for this collection until they are recorded as having physically departed the emergency department, regardless of whether they have been admitted. For this reason there is an overlap in the scope of this NBEDS and the Admitted patient care National Minimum Data Set (APC NMDS).

Excluded from the scope of the NBEDS are:

  • Care provided to patients in General Practitioner co-located units;
  • Where only a clerical service is provided to people supporting a pre-arranged admission; and
  • Where people are awaiting transit to another facility and receive no clinical care.

Collection and usage attributes

Statistical unit:

Emergency department stay

Guide for use:

The definition of a 'short stay unit' is as per clause C48 of the National Health Reform Agreement—National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services (NPA IPHS), as follows:

a) Designated and designed for the short term treatment, observation, assessment and reassessment of patients initially triaged and assessed in the emergency department (ED);

b) Have specific admission and discharge criteria and policies;

c) Designed for short term stays no longer than 24 hours;

d) Physically separated from the ED acute assessment area;

e) Have a static number of beds with oxygen, suction, patient ablution facilities; and

f) Not a temporary ED overflow area nor used to keep patients solely awaiting an inpatient bed nor awaiting treatment in the ED.

Collection methods:

National reporting arrangements

State and territory health authorities provide the data to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for national collation, on a six-monthly basis within one month of the end of a reporting period and an annual basis within three months of the reporting period.

The Institute and the Commonwealth Department of Health will agree on a data quality and timeliness protocol. Once cleaned, a copy of the data and a record of the changes made will be forwarded by the Institute to the Commonwealth Department of Health. A copy of the cleaned data for each jurisdiction should also be returned to that jurisdiction on request.

Periods for which data are collected and nationally collated

Six-monthly and financial year. Extraction of data for each six months or year should be based on the date of the end of the emergency department stay. For example, a presentation that commences at 11pm on 30 June and ends at 2am 1 July is not in scope for the January to June six-monthly period.

Implementation start date:01/07/2019
Implementation end date:30/06/2020

Scope links with other metadata sets

  • Episodes of care for admitted patients are reported through the Admitted patient care NMDS.
  • Mental health care provided in emergency departments is in scope for the NAPEDC NBEDS.

Glossary items

Glossary terms that are relevant to this data set are included here.


Compensable patient

Emergency department

Registered nurse


Urgency related groups

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

See also Allied health non-admitted patient emergency department NBPDS Health, Standard 12/12/2018

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

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

See also Statistical Area Level 1 of usual residence NBEDS 2019-20 Health, Superseded 18/12/2019

Metadata items in this Data Set Specification

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Seq No.Metadata item Obligation Max occurs
-Address—Australian postcode, code (Postcode datafile) NNNNMandatory1
-Emergency department stay—additional diagnosis, code (ICD-10-AM 11th edn) ANN{.N[N]}Conditional99
-Emergency department stay—emergency department ICD-10-AM (11th edn) principal diagnosis short list code ANN{.N[N]}Conditional1
-Emergency department stay—physical departure date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Emergency department stay—physical departure time, hhmmMandatory1
-Emergency department stay—presentation date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Emergency department stay—presentation time, hhmmMandatory1
-Emergency department stay—transport mode (arrival), code NMandatory1
-Emergency department stay—type of visit to emergency department, code NMandatory1
-Emergency department stay—urgency related group major diagnostic block, code N[AA]Mandatory1
-Emergency department stay—waiting time (to commencement of clinical care), total minutes NNNNNConditional1
-Episode of care—Department of Veterans' Affairs funding indicator, yes/no code NMandatory1
-Establishment—organisation identifier (Australian), NNX[X]NNNNNMandatory1
-Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—clinical care commencement date, DDMMYYYYConditional1
-Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—clinical care commencement time, hhmmConditional1
-Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—episode end date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—episode end status, code NMandatory1
-Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—episode end time, hhmmMandatory1
-Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—service episode length, total minutes NNNNNMandatory1
-Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage category, code NConditional1
-Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage date, DDMMYYYYConditional1
-Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage time, hhmmConditional1
-Patient—compensable status, code NMandatory1
-Person—area of usual residence, statistical area level 2 (SA2) code (ASGS 2016) N(9)Mandatory1
-Person—country of birth, code (SACC 2016) NNNNMandatory1
-Person—date of birth, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Person—Indigenous status, code NMandatory1
-Person—person identifier, XXXXXX[X(14)]Mandatory1
-Person—sex, code XMandatory1
-Record—identifier, X[X(79)]Mandatory1