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Identifying and Definitional Attributes
QH 040381 v1
Data Element
Data Element Concept
An admission is the process by which an admitted patient commences an episode of care. An admission may be formal or statistical.

Formal admission: The administrative process by which a hospital records the commencement of treatment and/or care and accommodation of a patient.

Statistical admission from leave: The administrative process by which an admission occurred following leave of absence exceeding seven consecutive days for an admitted patient.

Statistical admission on type change: The administrative process by which a hospital records the start of each episode of care occurring within a single hospital stay as one of the types of care defined in data element Type of episode of care.

See definition of admitted patient for the minimum criteria which must be met before a patient can be admitted to hospital.
Institutional health care
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Collection and Usage Attributes
PATIENTS IN ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY AND OUTPATIENT DEPARTMENTS Patients attending these locations in a recognised hospital who come for a procedure that is classified as a day benefit procedure (in other words, they meet the criteria for admission) should be formally admitted. TIME AT HOSPITAL The length of time a patient spends in areas such as Outpatients or Accident and Emergency, is no indication of the need to admit the patient. Admission is allowed only on the basis that the medical practitioner wants the patient admitted and the patient meets one of the criteria listed in the policy. The concept of 'four hours' does not apply. The patient should be admitted at the time indicated by the medical practitioner, not at the time the patient arrived in Outpatients or Accident and Emergency. SEE SECTION 4 AND APPENDIX 'F' OF THE QLD HOSPITAL ADMITTED PATIENT DATA COLLECTION MANUAL (also on QHiN) FOR MORE INFORMATION.
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ViewRelationshipMetadata Item TypeMetadata Item SubtypeNameIdentifier & VersionApproval Status
Has been superseded byData ElementData Element ConceptAdmissionQH 040381 Version 2Superseded
Relates toData ElementData Element ConceptAdmitted patientQH 040380 Version 1Superseded
Implementation in Metadata Sets


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ViewMetadata Item TypeMetadata Item SubtypeNameIdentifer & VersionObligationApproval StatusEffective FromEffective To
Information AssetData CollectionQueensland Hospital Admitted Patient Data Collection (QHAPDC)QH 020001 Version 1Superseded01-Jul-199630-Jun-2000
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