Emergency department stay—waiting time, total minutes NNNNN
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Element|
|Short name:||Emergency department waiting time to clinical care commencement|
|Registration status:||Health, Standard 20/10/2021|
The time elapsed in minutes for each patient from presentation in the emergency department to the commencement of the emergency department non-admitted clinical care.
|Data Element Concept:||Emergency department stay—waiting time|
Value domain attributes
|Maximum character length:||5|
|Unit of measure:||Minute (m)|
Data element attributes
Collection and usage attributes
|Guide for use:|
Calculated by subtracting the date and time the patient presents to the emergency department from the date and time the emergency department non-admitted clinical care commenced. Although triage category 1 is measured in seconds, it is recognised that the data will not be collected with this precision.
This data element should not be completed for patients who have a Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—episode end status, code N of ‘Did not wait to be attended by a health care professional’ or 'Registered, advised of another health care service, and left the emergency department without being attended by a health care professional'.
It is recognised that at times of extreme urgency or multiple synchronous presentations, or if no medical officer is on duty in the emergency department, this service may be provided by a nurse.
Source and reference attributes
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
|Related metadata references:|
Is formed using Emergency department stay—presentation date, DDMMYYYY Health, Standard 20/10/2021
Is formed using Emergency department stay—presentation time, hhmm Health, Standard 20/10/2021
Supersedes Emergency department stay—waiting time (to commencement of clinical care), total minutes NNNNN Health, Superseded 20/10/2021, Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 08/12/2016, ACT Health, Final 08/08/2018
Is formed using Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—clinical care commencement date, DDMMYYYY Health, Standard 20/10/2021
Is formed using Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—clinical care commencement time, hhmm Health, Standard 20/10/2021
|Implementation in Data Set Specifications:|
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2022–23 Health, Standard 20/10/2021