Non-Admitted Emergency Care

The Non-admitted Emergency Care domain details Emergency Department and Emergency Service presentations in public hospitals across South Australia.

The purpose of the data domain is to enable comparisons of performance in respect to access to services, quality clinical outcomes and patient management. The data domain aims to show patterns in presentations to assist with the planning of services and improvement of care and outcomes for the SA public.

It also ensures South Australia meets national reporting obligations for collecting and reporting non-admitted patient Emergency Care data.

A key aspect of measuring and understanding what is happening within an emergency department is use of triage categories. These categorise the urgency of the patient’s need for medical and nursing care as set by the Australian College of Emergency Medicine:

Triage 1: RESUSCITATION: Patient must be seen within 2 minutes of presentation time

Triage 2: EMERGENCY: Patient must be seen within 10 minutes of presentation time

Triage 3: URGENT: Patient must be seen within 30 minutes of presentation time

Triage 4: SEMI-URGENT: Patient must be seen within 60 minutes of presentation time

Triage 5: NON-URGENT: Patient must be seen within 120 minutes of presentation time

For more information please contact us via e-mail at EnterpriseDataAndInformation@sa.gov.au.