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Definition

The scope of the Perinatal data set specification (DSS) is all births in Australia in hospitals, birth centres and the community. The data set includes information on all births, both live births and stillbirths, of at least 20 weeks gestation or 400 grams birth weight.

These data have two dimensions, which are the baby and the mother. All data relevant to the birth are conveyed in relation to one of these.Glossary items

Glossary terms that are relevant to this data set specification are included here:

Anaesthesia

Analgesia

Antenatal care visit

Birthweight

Geographic indicator

Gestational diabetes mellitus

Hospital-in-the-home care

Hypertensive disorder during pregnancy

Live birth

Primary postpartum haemorrhage

Registered nurse

Separation

Still birth (fetal death)

Metadata items in this Data Set Specification

Below is a list of all the components within this Dataset Specification.
Each entry includes the item name, whether the item is optional, mandatory or conditional and the maximum times the item can occur in a dataset.
If the items must occur in a particular order in the dataset, the sequence number is included before the item name.


Data Elements
Reference Data Element Data Type Length Inclusion #
Birth event—additional indications for caesarean section, code NN
Conditional Inclusion:
Conditional on birth method being coded as a caesarean section. Also conditional on main indication for caesarean section being completed.
- - conditional 2
Female—estimated blood loss indicating primary postpartum haemorrhage, estimated blood loss volume category, code N
Conditional Inclusion:

Conditional on primary postpartum haemorrhage indicator being coded yes.

- - conditional 1
Female—type of diabetes mellitus during pregnancy, code N
Conditional Inclusion:
Conditional on diabetes mellitus during pregnancy indicator being coded as yes.
- - conditional 1
Female—type of diabetes mellitus therapy during pregnancy, code N
Conditional Inclusion:
Conditional on diabetes mellitus during pregnancy indicator being coded as yes.
- - conditional 3
Female—type of hypertensive disorder during pregnancy, code N
Conditional Inclusion:
Conditional on hypertensive disorder during pregnancy indicator being coded as yes.
- - conditional 3
Person—height (measured), total centimetres NN[N].N
Specific Information:

It is acceptable for measured height to be rounded to the nearest centimetre.

Conditional Inclusion:

It is preferable to collect and record a pregnant woman's height as a measured height. Where a measured height has not been provided or it is not possible to ascertain whether the height has been measured or self-reported, the value 999.9 should be recorded against this data item to indicate this. Data should then be recorded against the conditional self-report height item.

Number 4 mandatory 1
Person—height (self-reported), total centimetres NN[N]
Specific Information:
It is acceptable for a self-reported height to be rounded to the nearest whole centimetre.
Conditional Inclusion:

It is preferable to collect and record a pregnant woman's height as a measured height. Where a measured height has not been provided or it is not possible to ascertain whether the height has been measured or self-reported, the value 999.9 should be recorded against the measured height data item to indicate this. Data should then be recorded against this conditional self-report height item.

Number 3 conditional 1
Person—weight (measured), total kilograms N[NN].N
Specific Information:

Weight rounded to the nearest whole kilogram is acceptable.

Weight should be recorded in the first trimester, preferably as a measured weight. However, the woman's self-reported weight around the time of conception is acceptable if a measured weight is not available.

Conditional Inclusion:

It is preferable to collect and record a pregnant woman's weight as a measured weight. Where a measured weight has not been provided or it is not possible to ascertain whether the weight has been measured or self-reported, the value 999.9 should be recorded against this data item to indicate this. Data should then be recorded against the conditional self-report weight item.

Number 4 mandatory 1
Person—weight (self-reported), total kilograms NN[N]
Specific Information:

Weight rounded to the nearest whole kilogram is acceptable.

Weight should be recorded in the first trimester, preferably as a measured weight. However, the woman's self-reported weight around the time of conception is acceptable if a measured weight is not available.

Conditional Inclusion:

It is preferable to collect and record a pregnant woman's weight as a measured weight. Where a measured weight has not been provided or it is not possible to ascertain whether the weight has been measured or self-reported, the value 999.9 should be recorded against the measured weight data item to indicate this. Data should then be recorded against this conditional self-reported weight item.

Number 3 conditional 1

Comments

Guide for use:
This data set specification is intended as an interim standard only. If jurisdictions are able to report the optional data elements from 1 July 2014 then they should do so. It is expected that some data elements will be included as mandatory data elements in future Perinatal national minimum data sets (NMDS).

Comments:
Glossary items

Glossary terms that are relevant to this data set specification are included here:

Anaesthesia

Analgesia

Antenatal care visit

Birthweight

Geographic indicator

Gestational diabetes mellitus

Hospital-in-the-home care

Hypertensive disorder during pregnancy

Live birth

Primary postpartum haemorrhage

Registered nurse

Separation

Still birth (fetal death)

References

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Relation Count
As a numerator in an Indicator 0
As a denominator in an Indicator 0
As a disaggregation in an Indicator 0