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

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termType of visit to emergency department
METeOR identifier:Help on this term746599
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standardisation pending 20/09/2021
Definition:Help on this term

The reason a patient presents to an emergency department, as represented by a code.

Context:Help on this term

Emergency department care.

Data Element Concept:Emergency department stay—type of visit to emergency department

Value domain attributes

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
1Emergency presentation
2Return visit, planned
3Pre-arranged admission
5Dead on arrival

Collection and usage attributes

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CODE 1   Emergency presentation

Where a patient presents to the emergency department 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 department, 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 department, the patient should not be recorded.

CODE 2   Return visit, planned

Where a patient presents to the emergency department for a return visit, as a result of a previous emergency department 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 department for an admission to either a non-emergency department 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 department.

Exclusion: Where a patient presents for a pre-arranged admission and only clerical services are provided by the emergency department, 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 department clinician certifies the death of the patient. This includes where the clinician certifies the death outside the emergency department (e.g. in an ambulance outside the emergency department).

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. Patient in transport, previously represented by code 4, is no longer a permissible emergency department visit type. 

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Comments:Help on this term

Required for analysis of emergency department services.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

Supersedes Emergency department stay—type of visit to emergency department, code N Health, Standard 25/01/2018

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

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

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