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Identifying and Definitional Attributes
QH 042579 v2
Data Element
Data Element
Information Management Strategic Governance Committee (IMSGC), Queensland Health
The duration of the second stage of labour measured in minutes.
Queensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC)
Length of second stage of labour
Representational Attributes
Numeric Character
Quantitative Value
Permissible Values


A value in the range 00001-99997
Supplementary Values


99998Not measured
99999Not stated/unknown
Collection and Usage Attributes
The second stage of labour begins when the cervix is fully dilated (10cms) and is complete with the birth of the baby.
Queensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC):
Must be in the range 00000-99999.
Must not be blank if Birth event-labour onset type is 1 (Spontaneous), 2 (Induced) or 9 (Not stated/unknown).
Must be null if Birth event-labour onset type is 3 (No labour (caesarean section)).
May be blank.
Queensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC):

For paper based forms:
Where the labour is interrupted (e.g. by caesarean section) and therefore either stage 1 and/or stage 2 are interrupted, complete as follows:
If stage 1 is complete and stage 2 is interrupted then report total length of stage 1 in hours and minutes and enter 'not completed' for stage 2.
If neither stage is compete then indicate by writing 'not completed' in both sections of the field.

Please note that if quantitative measurement has not been performed then clinical judgement based on subjective observation is appropriate (i.e. vaginal examination to confirm dilation is not mandatory). Use of other clinical observations used to manage labour are appropriate indications of stages of labour.

Where length of stages is unot known record 'unknown'.

For hospitals submitting electronically:
Record total minutes and transmit as a five character string zero filled from the left, using the supplementary values as necessary.
Relational Attributes
Related Metadata References

Related Metadata References_IR

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ViewRelationshipMetadata Item TypeMetadata Item SubtypeNameIdentifier & VersionApproval Status
SupersedesData ElementData ElementBirth event-length of second stage of labourQH 042579 Version 1Current
Is qualified byData ElementData ElementBirth event-labour onset typeQH 040045 Version 3Current
Relates toData ElementData ElementBirth event-length of first stage of labour, total minutesQH 042578 Version 2Current
Relates toData ElementData Element ConceptBirth eventQH 041670 Version 2Draft
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 2ConditionalCurrent01-Jul-2019
Data Supply RequirementHHS Service AgreementQueensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC) Baby Data Supply Requirement (DSR) 2019-2020QH 020570 Version 1ConditionalSuperseded01-Jul-201930-Jun-2020
Data Supply RequirementHHS Service AgreementQueensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC) Baby Data Supply Requirement (DSR) 2020-2021QH 020700 Version 1ConditionalSuperseded01-Jul-202030-Jun-2021
Source and Reference Attributes