|Correspondence between OPCS procedure delivery codes and maternity tail “delmeth” delivery codes|
|OPCS code||Delmeth code||Method of delivery description|
|R17||7||Elective caesarean section|
|R18, R25.1||8||Emergency caesarean section|
|R19, R20||5, 6||Breech vaginal delivery|
|R21||2, 3||Forceps delivery|
|R23, R24||0, 1||Cephalic vaginal delivery without instruments|
|R25.2, R25.8, R25.9||9||Other method of delivery, including destructive operation to facilitate delivery|
Both coding systems define elective caesareans as prelabour caesarean sections and emergency caesareans as intrapartum caesarean sections.
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