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Elective surgery waiting list episode—clinical urgency, code N

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termClinical urgency
METeOR identifier:Help on this term732423
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 05/02/2021
Definition:Help on this term

A clinical assessment of the urgency with which a patient requires elective surgery, as represented by a code.

Data Element Concept:Elective surgery waiting list episode—clinical urgency

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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
1Procedures that are clinically indicated within 30 days
2Procedures that are clinically indicated within 90 days
3Procedures that are clinically indicated within 365 days

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

National Health Information Standards and Statistics Committee

Reference documents:Help on this term

AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) 2013. National definitions for elective surgery urgency categories: proposal for the Standing Council on Health. Cat. no. HSE 138. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 30 July 2015. http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=60129543979

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Guide for use:Help on this term

Patients who require an elective procedure should be assigned an urgency category by the treating clinician. The urgency category should be:

  • appropriate to the patient and their clinical situation
  • not influenced by the availability of hospital or surgeon resources.
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The treating clinician is the clinician with responsibility for the patient at the time of urgency categorisation.

The clinical situation of the patient is taken to encompass the patient's medical condition and the patient's life circumstances, including issues related to activity limitations, restrictions in participation in employment and other life situations, carer responsibilities and access to carer and other supports.

A patient's classification may change if he or she undergoes clinical review during the waiting period. The need for clinical review varies with the patient's condition and is therefore at the discretion of the treating clinician. The waiting list information system should be able to record dates when the classification is changed (metadata item Elective care waiting list episode—category reassignment date, DDMMYYYY).

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Reference documents:Help on this term

AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) 2013. National definitions for elective surgery urgency categories: proposal for the Standing Council on Health. Cat. no. HSE 138. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 24 August 2020, http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=60129543979

Relational attributes

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See also Elective care waiting list episode—category reassignment date, DDMMYYYY Health, Standard 05/02/2021

Supersedes Elective surgery waiting list episode—clinical urgency, code N Health, Superseded 05/02/2021, ACT Health, Final 03/08/2018

See also Elective surgery waiting list episode—overdue patient status, code N Health, Superseded 05/02/2021, Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 16/06/2020

See also Elective surgery waiting list episode—overdue patient status, code N Health, Standard 05/02/2021

See also Elective surgery waiting list episode—waiting time at a census date, total days N[NNN] Health, Superseded 05/02/2021, Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 16/06/2020

See also Elective surgery waiting list episode—waiting time at a census date, total days N[NNN] Health, Standard 05/02/2021

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Elective surgery waiting times cluster Health, Standard 05/02/2021

Elective surgery waiting times NMDS 2021–22 Health, Standard 05/02/2021

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