An Accident and Emergency Initial Assessment Time is the time, recorded using the 24 hour clock, that the PATIENT is first assessed in the Accident and Emergency Department for first attendances and unplanned follow-up attendances.
An Initial Assessment would include:
- the taking of a brief PATIENT medical history
- pain assessment
- early warning scores (including vital signs)
The assessment should be conducted by medical or nursing staff who have received appropriate training.
For guidance on the use of this data item in the Accident and Emergency Clinical Quality Indicators, further information is available on the Department of Health and Social Care National Archives at: A&E clinical quality indicators: Implementation guidance and data definitions.
This supporting information is also known by these names:
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