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Identifying and Definitional Attributes
QH 042516 v1
Data Element
Data Element Concept
Information Management Strategic Governance Committee (IMSGC), Queensland Health
Emergency surgery is surgery to treat trauma or acute illness subsequent to an emergency presentation. The patient may require immediate surgery or present for surgery at a later time following this unplanned presentation. This includes where the patient leaves hospital and returns for a subsequent admission. Emergency surgery includes unplanned surgery for admitted patients and unplanned surgery for patients already awaiting an elective surgery procedure (for example, in cases of acute deterioration of an existing condition).
Admitted patient care
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Collection and Usage Attributes
Surgery is defined as procedures listed in the surgical operations section of the Commonwealth Medicare Benefits Schedule.

Surgery is classified as either emergency surgery, elective surgery or other surgery on the basis of a patient's presentation and subsequent care (not by time periods to surgery).
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Relates toData ElementData Element ConceptElective surgeryQH 040156 Version 2Current
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Source and Reference Attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Glossary Item: Emergency surgery, Identifier 534125, Health Standard 12/06/2015 https://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/534125