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Fetal distress in labour

Data Item category

Complications of labour

Collections containing the item

Data definitions

S/T Perinatal Data Collections:
NSW: Fetal distress is evidenced by the clinician's documented diagnosis of fetal distress. SA: Definition of fetal distress will be influenced by the availability of monitoring facilities. WA: Identified by any means including a fresh meconium staining of the liquor in the 1st stage of labour, abnormalities of fetal heart rate, etc. TAS: Fetal Indications including abnormal CTG and/or scalp pH, meconium staining of amniotic fluid, congenital abnormality, prematurity, multifetal gestation or cord complication.
ANZNN: Any 'distress' of this fetus leading to intervention by the obstetric team. The term “fetal distress” should be replaced by “fetal compromise”. QLD PMC: non-reassuring CTG and fetal bradycardia

Additional information

VIC and TAS collect "other complications of labour" as a free text field which may capture fetal distress. ACT collect Non-reassuring CTG as complication of labour and birth.

Related items

Reason for caesarean section - fetal distress

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