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Identifying and Definitional Attributes
QH 042154 v1
Data Element
Data Element
Information Management Strategic Governance Committee (IMSGC), Queensland Health
The reason the patient presents to an emergency department/service.
Emergency department care
Type of visit to emergency
Representational Attributes
Permissible Values


1Emergency presentation
2Planned return visit
3Pre-arranged admission
4Dead on arrival
5Hospital in the Home (HITH)
Supplementary Values


Collection and Usage Attributes
Code 1 Emergency presentation
This code must be used for an attendance at the emergency department / service for an actual or suspected condition that is sufficiently serious to require acute unscheduled care. It includes an unplanned return for the current condition, an inter-hospital transfer for emergency department / service assessment, and an inter-hospital transfer for diagnostic testing.

Code 2 Planned return visit
This code must be used for a planned return to the emergency department / service as a result of a previous emergency department / service presentation (code 1) or planned 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. Where a visit follows general advice to return if feeling unwell, this should not be recorded as a planned return visit.

Code 3 Pre-arranged admission
This code must be used for a presentation by a patient at the emergency department / service for nursing or medical processes to be undertaken, and admission has been pre-arranged by the referring medical officer and a bed allocated. It also includes a patient transferred in for admission.

Code 4 Dead on arrival
This code must be used where a patient is dead on arrival and an emergency department / service clinician certifies the death of the patient.

Code 5 Hospital in the Home (HITH)
This code must be used for patients arriving who are currently formally admitted under a HITH program. If the patient is a HITH admitted patient, this code should be assigned above any other type of visit code.
Emergency Data Collection (EDC):
Must not be blank.
Must have the values 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5.

Clinical Costing Data Repository (CCDR):
Must not be null for emergency department service episode records.
Required for analysis of emergency department services.
Relational Attributes
Related Metadata References

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Implementation in Metadata Sets


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ViewMetadata Item TypeMetadata Item SubtypeNameIdentifer & VersionObligationApproval StatusEffective FromEffective To
Information AssetData CollectionEmergency Data Collection (EDC)QH 020159 Version 3MandatoryDraft01-Jul-2021
Information AssetData CollectionEmergency Data Collection (EDC)QH 020159 Version 2MandatoryCurrent01-Jul-201930-Jun-2021
Information AssetData CollectionEmergency Data Collection (EDC)QH 020159 Version 1MandatorySuperseded01-Jul-200630-Jun-2019
Data Supply RequirementHHS Service AgreementEmergency Data Collection (EDC) Data Supply Requirement (DSR) 2018-2019QH 020431 Version 1MandatorySuperseded01-Jul-201830-Jun-2019
Source and Reference Attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
METeOR data element: Emergency department stay-type of visit to emergency department, code N, Identifier 684942, Health standard 25/01/2018 https://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/684942/meteorItemView/long