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Frequently Asked Questions

For Question 9.8 we are a centre that receives the Telehealth Consultations from smaller hospitals. How would we best answer this question?
The response to this question should be yes. Telehealth Consultations include both hospitals participating in the call.
Question 2.2 Is this question no longer able to be answered under AORTIC reports? Do you have to run an AORTIC Query? I don't know how to do do this :(
To obtain more accurate data we recommend running a query within AORTIC to obtain the answer for this question. The query to use is included in the AORTIC help pop-up next to the question (to open the pop-up click on this icon next to the question:  ), and also in the AORTIC Instructions file (which is linked from the top of all the survey pages).

The AORTIC Instructions file also contains step by step instructions of how to run both reports and queries in AORTIC.

If after reading the instructions for running a query in AORTIC you are still having difficulties, please contact the CCR Administrator on: or +61 3 9340 3424
Undivided admissions - what does that mean?
Undivided admissions refers to admissions to ICU where you cannot classify them as either planned or unplanned (emergency). For example if the information is unavailable.
When running a query for AORTIC I get an error saying "Syntax error in FROM clause" - what should I do?
You will get this error if you are running the query in Access 97. The queries provided are not compatible with Access 97. We recommend using Access 2003, 2007 or 2010 (32 bit). If you are unable to upgrade to a more recent version of Access, please contact the CCR Administrator on or +61 (3) 9340 3424 for assistance.
How do I change answers in submitted surveys?
Once a survey is submitted it is locked to changes. To request changes please contact the CCR Administrator on or +61 (3) 9340 3424
I am unable to separate elective and emergency patient data, what should I do?
If you are unable to enter the breakdown of elective and emergency patients, please leave those fields blank and enter the combined value in the total field. Please do not enter zeros unless the answer is actually zero.
For “outreach/ICU liaison attendances” – does this mean number of visits/reviews of patients in total?
Yes. Please provide number of visits conducted by outreach/ICU Liaison service (including multiple visits to individual patients).
Beds are multipurpose – what figures should be entered in bed numbers?
If you have ICU/HDU beds that are multi-purpose, please try and enter the number of beds used for each purpose on average over the financial year.
A patient has not yet been discharged, what do I enter for discharge destination?
Please enter these patients under “Unknown/Missing”
What is classed as a bed for ‘Number of Hospital Beds’?
The definition provided is: 

“Average available beds (A bed refers to an acute medical/surgical or overnight stay bed, includes both Adult and Paediatric)” 

Your hospital will have a number that they report to other bodies that reflects their bed numbers. 

An available bed is “a suitably located and equipped bed chair, trolley or cot where the necessary financial and human resources are provided for admitted patient care”. 

Please include beds available for overnight care. Please exclude beds available for residential mental health patients and same-day patients.
Will patients who were admitted in June of the previous financial year be included if I run the AORTIC report for ventilation numbers from 1st July?
No. The patients who were admitted in June would be included in the previous CCR survey.
Which patients are included under “Hospital Separation”?
The definition provided is: 

“A hospital separation is the process by which an admitted patient completes an episode of care (when an inpatient leaves a hospital through discharge, transfer or death)” 

Hospital separations include all hospital inpatients. It generally excludes maternity admissions, psychiatric admissions, admissions to a rehab facility, day-cases.
What does Quartile and Median Mean?

Quartiles are the values that separate a list of values into 4 quarters when ranked from smallest to largest:

  • The first quartile is the upper limit of the lowest quarter (or 25%) of values
  • The second quartile, also called the median, is the middle value (50%)
  • The third quartile is the upper limit of the lowest 75% of values (or lower limit of the highest 25% of values)
  • The range between the first and third quartile, covering the middle 50% of values, is often called the interquartile range.

Median and quartiles are used to demonstrate the spread of data without skewing by extreme high or low values.