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Identifying and Definitional Attributes
QH 040381 v2
Data Element
Data Element Concept
Admission is the process whereby the hospital accepts responsibility for the patient's care and/or treatment. Admission follows a clinical decision based upon specified criteria that a patient requires same-day or overnight care or treatment. 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/or accommodation of a patient.

Statistical admission:
The administrative process by which a hospital records the commencement of a new episode of care, with a new care type, for a patient within one hospital stay.
Admitted patient care
Representational Attributes
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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.
Relational Attributes
Related Metadata References

Related Metadata References_IR

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ViewRelationshipMetadata Item TypeMetadata Item SubtypeNameIdentifier & VersionApproval Status
SupersedesData ElementData Element ConceptAdmissionQH 040381 Version 1Superseded
Has been superseded byData ElementData Element ConceptAdmissionQH 040381 Version 3Superseded
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-200030-Jun-2014
Source and Reference Attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
METeOR glossary item: Admission, identifier 327206, Health standard 01/03/2005 https://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/327206