Emergency service stay—triage category, code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Element
Short name:Emergency service stay triage category
METeOR identifier:722006
Registration status:Health, Standard 18/12/2019
Definition:

The urgency of a patient's need for medical and/or nursing care as assessed at triage in an emergency service, as represented by a code.

Context:

Emergency service care.

Data element concept attributes

Identifying and definitional attributes

Data element concept:Emergency service stay—triage category
METeOR identifier:679151
Registration status:Health, Standard 25/01/2018
Definition:

The urgency of a patient's need for medical and/or nursing care as assessed at triage in an emergency service.

Context:

Emergency service care.

Object class:Emergency service stay
Property:Triage category

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Value domain attributes

Identifying and definitional attributes

Value domain:Triage category code N
METeOR identifier:651988
Registration status:Health, Standard 25/01/2018
Definition:

A code set representing the triage categories.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Code
Data type:Number
Format:N
Maximum character length:1
Permissible values:
ValueMeaning
1Resuscitation: immediate (within seconds)
2Emergency: within 10 minutes
3Urgent: within 30 minutes
4Semi-urgent: within 60 minutes
5Non-urgent: within 120 minutes

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Collection methods:

This triage classification is to be used in the emergency services 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 if Emergency service stay—type of visit to emergency service, code N is coded 5 (i.e. Dead on arrival).

Comments:

Required to provide data for analysis of emergency service processes.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Origin:

Australasian Triage Scale, Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

Reference documents:

Australasian College for Emergency Medicine 2013. Policy on the Australasian Triage Scale (P06). Melbourne: Australasian College for Emergency Medicine. Viewed 11 July 2018, https://acem.org.au/getmedia/484b39f1-7c99-427b-b46e-005b0cd6ac64/P06-Policy-on-the-ATS-Jul-13-v04.aspx

Australasian College for Emergency Medicine 2016. Guidelines on the implementation of the Australasian Triage Scale in Emergency Departments (G24). Melbourne: Australasian College for Emergency Medicine. Viewed 11 July 2018, https://acem.org.au/getmedia/51dc74f7-9ff0-42ce-872a-0437f3db640a/G24_04_Guidelines_on_Implementation_of_ATS_Jul-16.aspx

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Supersedes Emergency service stay—triage category, code N Health, Superseded 18/12/2019

See also Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage category, code N Health, Standard 25/01/2018

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:
All attributes +

Emergency service care NBEDS 2020-21 Health, Standard 18/12/2019

DSS specific attributes +

Emergency service care NBEDS 2021-22 Health, Standardisation pending 10/09/2020

DSS specific attributes +