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The reason a patient receives admitted patient care can be described in a number of ways. These include the urgency of admission, the type of care required and the principal diagnosis.
Admission to hospital is generally categorised into two urgency categories—Emergency (required within 24 hours), Elective (required at some stage beyond 24 hours). Urgency is not assigned for some admissions (for example, obstetric care, and planned care, such as dialysis).
Between 2013–14 and 2017–18:
The type of admitted patient care required can be classified as:
Most hospitalisations are for acute care.
Between 2013–14 and 2017–18, hospitalisations for:
The reason that a patient receives admitted patient care can be described in terms of a principal diagnosis (of a disease, injury or poisoning) or as a treatment for an ongoing condition (for example, dialysis for kidney failure).
For more information about common principal diagnoses, see the visualisations in the Overview: Why did people go to hospital in 2017–18? section.
For more information on urgency of admission, care type, and principal diagnosis, see Chapter 4 of Admitted patient care 2017–18: Australian hospital statistics.
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