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Identifying and Definitional Attributes
QH 040257 v2
Data Element
Data Element Concept
A patient who, following a clinical decision, receives hospital treatment for a minimum of one night, i.e. who is admitted to and separated from the hospital on different dates. This patient:
- has been registered as a patient at the hospital;
- meets the minimum criteria for admission;
- has undergone a formal admission process;
- remains in the hospital at midnight on the day of admission.

Boarders are excluded from this definition.
Admitted patient care
Representational Attributes
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Supplementary Values


Collection and Usage Attributes
An overnight-stay patient in one hospital cannot be concurrently an overnight-stay patient in another hospital, unless they are receiving contracted care. If not under a hospital contract, a patient must be separated from one hospital and admitted to the other hospital on each occasion of transfer. An overnight-stay patient of a hospital (originating hospital) who attends another hospital (the destination hospital) on a contracted basis is to be regarded by the originating hospital as an overnight-stay patient, as if the patient had not left for contracted hospital care. Treatment provided to an intended same-day patient who is subsequently classified as an overnight-stay patient is regarded as part of the overnight episode of admitted patient care. A non-admitted (emergency/outpatient) service provided to a patient who is subsequently classified as an admitted patient shall be regarded as part of the episode of admitted patient care. Any occasion of service should be recorded and identified as part of the admitted patient's episode of care. Patients who leave of their own accord, die or are transferred on their first day in hospital are not overnight-stay patients.
Relational Attributes
Related Metadata References

Related Metadata References_IR

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ViewRelationshipMetadata Item TypeMetadata Item SubtypeNameIdentifier & VersionApproval Status
SupersedesData ElementData Element ConceptOvernight-stay patientQH 040257 Version 1Superseded
Relates toData ElementData ElementEpisode of admitted patient care-planned same day admission indicatorQH 040012 Version 2Current
Relates toData ElementData Element ConceptEpisode of admitted patient careQH 041604 Version 1Current
Relates toData ElementData Element ConceptSame-day patientQH 040018 Version 2Current
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 2Current01-Jul-2019
Information AssetData CollectionQueensland Hospital Admitted Patient Data Collection (QHAPDC)QH 020001 Version 1Superseded01-Jul-201430-Jun-2019
Source and Reference Attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
METeOR glossary item: Overnight-stay patient, code N, Identifier 327256, Health standard 01/03/2005 https://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/327256