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Identifying and Definitional Attributes
QH 040052 v2
Data Element
Data Element Concept
A fetal death prior to the complete expulsion or extraction from its mother of a product of conception of 20 or more completed weeks of gestation or of 400 grams or more birthweight.

The death is indicated by the fact that after such separation the fetus does not breathe or show any other evidence of life, such as beating of the heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or definite movement of voluntary muscles.
Queensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC)
Representational Attributes
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Collection and Usage Attributes
Terminations of pregnancy performed at gestational ages of 20 or more weeks should be included in perinatal collections and should be recorded either as stillbirths or, in the unlikely event of showing evidence of life, as live births. Fetus papyraceous and fetus compressus are products of conception recognisable as a deceased fetus. These fetal deaths are likely to have occurred before 20 weeks gestation but should be included as stillbirths in perinatal collections if they are recognisable as a fetus and have been expelled or extracted with other products of conception at 20 or more weeks gestational age.
Relational Attributes
Related Metadata References

Related Metadata References_IR

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ViewRelationshipMetadata Item TypeMetadata Item SubtypeNameIdentifier & VersionApproval Status
SupersedesData ElementData Element ConceptStillbirthQH 040052 Version 1Superseded
Relates toData ElementData ElementBirth event-birth pluralityQH 040025 Version 3Superseded
Relates toData ElementData ElementFemale (death record)-number of stillbirths (RBDM)QH 040716 Version 2Draft
Relates toData ElementData ElementPregnancy-birth pluralityQH 040025 Version 4Current
Implementation in Metadata Sets


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ViewMetadata Item TypeMetadata Item SubtypeNameIdentifer & VersionObligationApproval StatusEffective FromEffective To
Information AssetData CollectionQueensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC)QH 020003 Version 2Current01-Jul-2019
Information AssetData CollectionQueensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC)QH 020003 Version 1Superseded01-Jul-201430-Jun-2019
Source and Reference Attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
METeOR glossary item: Stillbirth (fetal death), identifier 482008. Health standard 07/03/2014 https://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/482008