Birth—birth weight, total grams NNNN
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Element|
|Short name:||Birth weight of infant, neonate, stillborn|
The first weight of the live born or stillborn baby obtained after birth, or the weight of the neonate or infant on the date admitted if this is different from the date of birth, measured in grams.
|Data Element Concept:||Birth—birth weight|
Value domain attributes
|Maximum character length:||4|
|Unit of measure:||Gram (g)|
Data element attributes
Collection and usage attributes
|Guide for use:|
For live births, birthweight should preferably be measured within the first hour of life before significant postnatal weight loss has occurred. While statistical tabulations include 500 gram groupings for birthweight, weights should not be recorded in those groupings. The actual weight should be recorded to the degree of accuracy to which it is measured.
In perinatal collections the birthweight is to be provided for live born and stillborn babies.
Source and reference attributes
National Health Data Committee
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Supersedes Birth—birth weight, total grams NNNN
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