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Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage category, code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termTriage category
METeOR identifier:Help on this term746627
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 20/10/2021
Definition:Help on this term

The urgency of a non-admitted patient's need for medical and/or nursing care in an emergency department, as assessed at triage, as represented by a code.

Context:Help on this term

Emergency department care.

Data Element Concept:Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage category

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
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ValueMeaning
1Resuscitation: immediate (within seconds)
2Emergency: within 10 minutes
3Urgent: within 30 minutes
4Semi-urgent: within 60 minutes
5Non-urgent: within 120 minutes

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Collection methods:Help on this term

This triage classification is to be used in the emergency departments of hospitals. Patients will be triaged into one of five categories on the Australasian Triage Scale according to the triageur's response to the question: 'This patient should wait for medical care no longer than ...?'.

The triage category is allocated by an experienced registered nurse or medical practitioner. If the triage category changes, both triage categories can be captured, but the original category must be reported in this data element.

This data item is not required to be reported if the value for Emergency department stay—type of visit to emergency department, code N is recorded as 5 Dead on arrival.

Comments:Help on this term

Required to provide data for analysis of emergency department processes.

Source and reference attributes

Reference documents:Help on this term

Australasian College for Emergency Medicine 2013. Policy on the Australasian Triage Scale (P06). Melbourne: Australasian College for Emergency Medicine. Viewed 5 August 2016, https://acem.org.au/getmedia/484b39f1-7c99-427b-b46e-005b0cd6ac64/P06-Policy-on-the-ATS-Jul-13-v04.aspx

Australasian College for Emergency Medicine 2016. Guidelines on the implementation of the Australasian Triage Scale in Emergency Department (G24). Melbourne: Australasian College for Emergency Medicine Viewed 20 September 2016, https://acem.org.au/getmedia/51dc74f7-9ff0-42ce-872a-0437f3db640a/G24_04_Guidelines_on_Implementation_of_ATS_Jul-16.aspx

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Supersedes Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage category, code N Health, Superseded 20/10/2021

See also Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage date, DDMMYYYY Health, Standard 20/10/2021

See also Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage time, hhmm Health, Standard 20/10/2021

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2022–23 Health, Standard 20/10/2021

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