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Emergency service care NBEDS 2022–23

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Set Specification
METeOR identifier:Help on this term742180
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standardisation pending 20/09/2021
DSS type:Help on this termData Set Specification (DSS)
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The scope of the Emergency service care national best endeavours data set (ESC NBEDS) is emergency services provided in activity based funded hospitals which do not meet all of the following criteria:

  • purposely designated 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.

The care provided to patients in emergency services is, in most instances, recognised as being provided to non-admitted patients. Patients being treated in emergency services may subsequently become admitted. All patients remain in-scope for this collection until they are recorded as having physically departed the emergency service, regardless of whether they have been admitted. For this reason there is an overlap in the scope of this data set specification and the Admitted patient care national minimum data set (APC NMDS).

The scope also includes services where patients did not wait to be attended by a health-care professional; those dead on arrival; mental health-care provided in emergency services and patients with a Department of Veterans' Affairs or compensable funding source. The scope excludes care provided to patients in General Practitioner (GP) co-located units. However, patient presentations that result in a referral to a GP co-located unit after registration, but before commencement of clinical care, are in scope.

Collection and usage attributes

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Emergency service stay

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Interaction with the Emergency service care aggregate national best endeavours data set (ESCA NBEDS)

The ESC NBEDS and the ESCA NBEDS work together to collect data on emergency services activity in the public hospital system. The principle should be applied that no service event is to be double-counted or included in both the ESC NBEDS and the ESCA NBEDS. Therefore activity that is reported through the ESC NBEDS should not be reported through the ESCA NBEDS.

It is intended that activity should be reported primarily at the patient level through the ESC NBEDS, and where activity is not able to be reported at a patient level through the ESC NBEDS, this activity should be reported through the ESCA NBEDS. If the following data elements in the ESC NBEDS cannot be reported as a minimum for a specific service event, then the service event should be reported through the ESCA NBEDS:

Emergency service stay—episode end status, code N

Emergency service stay—triage category, code N

Emergency service stay—type of visit to emergency service, code N

Episode of care—Department of Veterans' Affairs funding indicator, yes/no code N

Establishment—organisation identifier (Australian), NNX[X]NNNNN

Patient—compensable status, code N

Interaction with the Individual Healthcare Identifier national best endeavours data set (IHI NBEDS)

The ESC NBEDS and IHI NBEDS work together to enable the reporting of IHI data for emergency service episodes of care.

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Reporting requirements 

State and territory health authorities provide the data to the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) for national reporting on a quarterly basis. Quarterly reporting periods follow a financial year, commencing on 1 July and ending 30 June of the following year. 

Extraction of data should be based on the date of the end of the emergency department stay. For example, a presentation that commences at 11pm on 31 December and ends at 2am 1 January is in scope for reporting in the third quarter.

Implementation start date:Help on this term01/07/2022
Implementation end date:Help on this term30/06/2023
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Glossary items

Glossary terms that are relevant to this NBEDS include:

Activity based funding


Compensable patient

Emergency service

Registered nurse


Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA)

Relational attributes

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See also Admitted patient care NMDS 2022–23 Health, Candidate 28/09/2021

Supersedes Emergency service care NBEDS 2021-22 Health, Standard 05/02/2021

See also Emergency service care aggregate NBEDS 2022–23 Health, Standardisation pending 20/09/2021

See also Individual Healthcare Identifier NBEDS 2022-23 Health, Standardisation pending 20/09/2021

See also Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2022–23 Health, Standardisation pending 20/09/2021

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-Address—Australian postcode, code (Postcode datafile) NNNNMandatory1
-Emergency service stay—additional diagnosis, code (ICD-10-AM 11th edn) ANN{.N[N]}Conditional2
-Emergency service stay—clinical care commencement date, DDMMYYYYConditional1
-Emergency service stay—clinical care commencement time, hhmmConditional1
-Emergency service stay—episode end date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Emergency service stay—episode end status, code NMandatory1
-Emergency service stay—episode end time, hhmmMandatory1
-Emergency service stay—physical departure date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Emergency service stay—physical departure time, hhmmMandatory1
-Emergency service stay—presentation date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Emergency service stay—presentation time, hhmmMandatory1
-Emergency service stay—Principal Diagnosis (ICD-10-AM 11th edition) Short List code ANN{.N[N]}Conditional1
-Emergency service stay—service episode length, total minutes NNNNNMandatory1
-Emergency service stay—transport mode (arrival), code NMandatory1
-Emergency service stay—triage category, code NConditional1
-Emergency service stay—triage date, DDMMYYYYConditional1
-Emergency service stay—triage time, hhmmConditional1
-Emergency service stay—type of visit to emergency service, code NMandatory1
-Emergency service stay—waiting time, total minutes NNNNNConditional1
-Episode of care—Department of Veterans' Affairs funding indicator, yes/no code NMandatory1
-Establishment—organisation identifier (Australian), NNX[X]NNNNNMandatory1
-Patient—compensable status, code NMandatory1
-Person—area of usual residence, statistical area level 2 (SA2) code (ASGS Edition 3) 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
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