|Title:||Recording and Reporting of Clinical Care Commencement Date and Time in the Emergency Department|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0590/15|
|Date of issue:||Thursday, 19 February 2015|
|Description:||The policy for Recording and Reporting of Clinical Care Commencement Date and Time in the Emergency Department ensures that waiting times for Emergency Department care are more accurately reported and enables Western Australia to meet its National Minimum Data Set (NMDS) obligations.|
|Applicable to:||All public hospital and publically funded emergency departments and all users of Emergency data|
|Framework:||Clinical Services Planning and Programs Policy Framework|
|Period of effect:||from 1 August 2014 to 1 August 2019|
|Review date:||1 August 2016|
|Authorised by:||Professor Bryant Stokes, A/Director General, Department of Health WA, 04-Dec-2014|
|Print version:||View print version|
Recording and Reporting of Clinical Care Commencement Date and Time in the Emergency Department
This Operational Directive is for the attention of all public hospital and publicly funded Emergency Departments and Emergency Services in Western Australia and all users of Emergency data.
The date of effect of this Directive is from 1 August 2014.
The purpose of this Operational Directive is to outline a change to the data definition for clinical care commencement time that is used in calculating the performance indicator "Waiting times for Emergency Department care: proportion seen on time", applicable to Emergency Departments and Emergency Services.
This change is required to enable Western Australia to meet its National Minimum Data Set (NMDS) obligations and to report the performance indicator accurately. The new definition will require reporting of data items that capture the time that the patient is seen, (whether by a nurse, mental health practitioner, nurse practitioner, other health professional or doctor), in a manner that will enable the data to be used unambiguously for determining when a patient's clinical care commenced, thereby identifying that the patient's waiting time has ended.
Professor Bryant Stokes
This circular last updated: Thursday, 19 February 2015 at 12:06pm