|Title:||EDIS Short Stay Module and Physical Departure from ED|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0361/12|
|Date of issue:||Thursday, 23 February 2012|
|Description:||Mandates that patients admitted to short stay units using the EDIS short stay module must physically move out of the ED acute assessment area at the time of admission to short stay.|
|Applicable to:||All staff working in Emergency Departments who use EDIS|
|Period of effect:||from 1 January 2012 to 1 January 2016|
|Review date:||1 January 2016|
|Authorised by:||Kim Snowball, Director General, Department of Health, 20-Feb-2012|
|Print version:||View print version|
EDIS Short Stay Module and Physical Departure from ED
Both the National Emergency Access Target (NEAT) and the WA Four Hour Rule Program measure length of stay in ED from the first point of contact in the ED to physical departure from the ED. When a patient is admitted to ED the length of stay for that patient should only end when the patient is located in an appropriate short stay area, which is physically separate from the ED acute assessment area. If the patient remains located in the ED acute assessment area the length of stay should continue until the patient is discharged, transferred to another hospital, moved to an Inpatient Ward or re-located to an appropriate short stay area.
Admission of a patient to ED using the EDIS Short Stay Module ends the length of stay in ED at Actual Departure date and time; this is defaulted to the date and time of the Short Stay Admission.
When admitting a patient using the EDIS Short Stay Module the patient must physically leave the ED for the short stay area at the date and time of Actual Departure.
Patients may still be admitted to ED without being moved to a short stay area, but only those physically departing the ED acute assessment area should be admitted using the EDIS Short Stay Module.
Collection of data for reporting the NEAT will commence 1 March 2012; therefore, correct use of the EDIS short stay module should be in place by that date.
This circular last updated: Monday, 4 May 2015 at 3:26pm