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An emergency department (ED) presentation occurs following the arrival of the patient at the ED, and is the earliest occasion of being registered clinically or triaged.
Explore the number of presentations to Australia’s public hospital EDs in 2018–19 in the data visualisation below.
Information is presented by:
The data can also be explored by:
What other information is available?
Appendix information is available to download in the Info and downloads section.
Previous reports can be accessed in the Reports section.
Further information about the concepts on this page can be found in the Glossary.
Emergency department (ED) waiting time is the time elapsed for each patient from presentation in the ED to commencement of clinical care.
The data visualisation below present the following emergency department waiting time statistics:
The data is presented by:
By selecting a geography in the visualisation below, the data can also be explored by:
Appendixes are available to download in the Info and downloads section.
The data in this section relates to the waiting times of people who presented to the ED with a type of visit of Emergency presentation.
The progress of the patient through the ED is recorded using 5 different time points: presentation time, triage time, clinical care commencement,
episode end time and physical departure time, as depicted in Figure 1.
These can be used to calculate the waiting times for 50% and 90% of patients, as well as the proportion of patients seen on time.
The waiting time is calculated as the time between arrival at the ED and commencement of clinical care.
An emergency department (ED) stay is the period between a patient presenting at an ED, and when that person is recorded as having physically departed the ED (regardless of whether they were admitted, referred, discharged or left at their own risk).
The data visualisation below presents the most recent data on the proportion of patients with a length of stay of 4 hours or less by:
Previous emergency department care reports can be accessed in the Reports section.
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