Table 1

Correspondence between OPCS procedure delivery codes and maternity taildelmethdelivery 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
R22 4 Vacuum 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.

Knight et al.

Knight et al. BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:200   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-200

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