Type of labour analgesia administered code N[N]

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Value Domain
METeOR identifier:732669
Registration status:Health, Standard 03/12/2020

A code set representing the type of analgesia administered during labour.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Code
Data type:Number
Maximum character length:2
Permissible values:
2Nitrous oxide
4Epidural or caudal block
5Spinal block
6Systemic opioids
7Combined spinal-epidural block
88Other analgesia
Supplementary values:
99Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

CODE 6   Systemic opioids

Includes intramuscular and intravenous opioids.

CODE 7   Combined spinal-epidural block

The spinal-epidural block combines the benefits of rapid action of a spinal block and the flexibility of an epidural block. An epidural catheter inserted during the technique enables the provision of long-lasting analgesia with the ability to titrate the dose for the desired effect.

CODE 88   Other analgesia

Includes all non-narcotic oral analgesia and non-pharmacological methods such as hypnosis, acupuncture, massage, relaxation techniques, temperature regulation and aromatherapy.


Code 1 (None) and Code 3 (Intra-muscular narcotics) have been omitted as these codes are no longer in use. For information about their meaning in previous data elements, see superseded versions.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

National Perinatal Data Development Committee

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Supersedes Type of labour analgesia administered code N[N] Health, Superseded 03/12/2020

Data elements implementing this value domain:

Birth event—type of analgesia administered, code N[N] Health, Standard 03/12/2020