Australian hospital statistics 2014-2015

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIWH) has released Emergency department care 2014-15: Australian hospital statistics, which reports on emergency department performances across the country. The most positive aspect highlighted in the report are that the majority of emergency department patients are seen on time for their urgency (triage) category.

emergency department report 2014-15

Here is a quick snapshot of the report……

The activity

  • There were about 7.4 million presentations to the 290 public hospital emergency departments in 2014-15, or over 20,000 presentations each day.
  • Emergency department presentations increased by 2.4% between 2013-14 and 2014-15.
  • After adjusting for the number of hospitals included, presentations increased by 3.4% on average each year between 2010-11 and 2014-15.

The patients

  • 51% of emergency department presentations were by men and boys.
  • The most common 10-year age group was 15-24 years (14.0%), followed by 25-34 years (13.8%).
  • Persons aged 65 years and over accounted for about 20% of all emergency department presentations.

The usage

  • About 24% of emergency department presentations were for people who arrived by ambulance, air ambulance or helicopter rescue service, including about 84% of resuscitation patients.
  • Over 1.8 million (27%) of emergency department presentations in 2014-15 had a principal diagnosis in the ICD-10-AM chapter injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes.

Waiting time

  • The proportion of emergency presentations that were seen on time increased between 2010-11 and 2013-14 from 70% to 75%.
  • 74% of emergency department patients are seen on time, ranged from 59% in the Australian Capital Territory to 81% in New South Wales.
  • Almost 100% of resuscitation patients, 79% of emergency patients, and 92% of non-urgent patients were seen on time.

Staying time

  • Western Australia had the highest proportion completed in 4 hours or less (79%) and the Northern Territory had the lowest (62%).
  • Queensland had the highest proportion (57%) of emergency department patients admitted in 4 hours or less and the Northern Territory had the lowest (23%).
  • About 30% of emergency department patients were admitted to hospital after emergency department care. For these patients, 47% were admitted in 4 hours or less, and 90% were admitted within 11 hours and 41 minutes.
  • Between 2011-12 and 2014-15, the proportion of emergency department visits completed in 4 hours or less increased from 64% to 73%.

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