Identifying and definitional attributes
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|Registration status:||Health, Standard 18/12/2019|
A code set representing the types of emergency service visits.
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Collection and usage attributes
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CODE 1 Emergency presentation
This code includes attendance at the emergency service for an actual or suspected condition which is sufficiently serious to require acute unscheduled care.
This includes patients awaiting transit to another facility who receive clinical care in the emergency service, and patients for whom resuscitation is attempted.
Exclusion: Where patients are awaiting transit to another facility and do not receive clinical care in the emergency service, the patient should not be recorded.
CODE 2 Return visit, planned
This code includes a planned return to the emergency service as a result of a previous emergency service presentation (Code 1) or return visit (Code 2). The return visit may be for planned follow-up treatment, as a consequence of test results becoming available indicating the need for further treatment, or as a result of a care plan initiated at discharge.
Exclusion: Where a visit follows general advice to return if feeling unwell, this should not be recorded as a planned visit.
CODE 3 Pre-arranged admission
Where a patient presents to the emergency service for an admission to either a non-emergency service ward or other admitted patient care unit that has been arranged prior to the patient's arrival, and the patient receives clinical care in the emergency service.
Exclusion: Where a patient presents for a pre-arranged admission and only clerical services are provided by the emergency service, the patient should not be recorded.
CODE 5 Dead on arrival
This code should only be used for patients who are dead on arrival and an emergency service clinician certifies the death of the patient. This includes where the clinician certifies the death outside the emergency service (e.g. in an ambulance outside the emergency service).
Exclusion: Where resuscitation of the patient is attempted, this should be recorded as an emergency presentation (Code 1).
Note: Where Code 5 is recorded for a patient, an Episode end status Code 7 (Dead on arrival) should also be recorded.
Source and reference attributes
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
|Related metadata references:|
Supersedes Emergency service visit type code N Health, Superseded 18/12/2019
|Data elements implementing this value domain:|
Emergency service stay—type of visit to emergency service, code N Health, Standard 18/12/2019