HL7 Terminology
1.0.0 - Publication

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Location type


Defining URL:http://terminology.hl7.org/ValueSet/location-physical-type
Title:Location type

This example value set defines a set of codes that can be used to indicate the physical form of the Location.

Publisher:FHIR Project team
Committee:Patient Administration
OID:2.16.840.1.113883.4.642.3.328 (for OID based terminology systems)
Source Resource:XML / JSON / Turtle


This value set is not used

Content Logical Definition

Logical Definition (CLD)



This value set contains 14 concepts

Expansion based on Location type v4.2.0 (CodeSystem)

All codes from system http://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/location-physical-type

siSiteA collection of buildings or other locations such as a site or a campus.
buBuildingAny Building or structure. This may contain rooms, corridors, wings, etc. It might not have walls, or a roof, but is considered a defined/allocated space.
wiWingA Wing within a Building, this often contains levels, rooms and corridors.
waWardA Ward is a section of a medical facility that may contain rooms and other types of location.
lvlLevelA Level in a multi-level Building/Structure.
coCorridorAny corridor within a Building, that may connect rooms.
roRoomA space that is allocated as a room, it may have walls/roof etc., but does not require these.
bdBedA space that is allocated for sleeping/laying on. This is not the physical bed/trolley that may be moved about, but the space it may occupy.
veVehicleA means of transportation.
hoHouseA residential dwelling. Usually used to reference a location that a person/patient may reside.
caCabinetA container that can store goods, equipment, medications or other items.
rdRoadA defined path to travel between 2 points that has a known name.
areaAreaA defined physical boundary of something, such as a flood risk zone, region, postcode
jdnJurisdictionA wide scope that covers a conceptual domain, such as a Nation (Country wide community or Federal Government - e.g. Ministry of Health), Province or State (community or Government), Business (throughout the enterprise), Nation with a business scope of an agency (e.g. CDC, FDA etc.) or a Business segment (UK Pharmacy), not just an physical boundary

Explanation of the columns that may appear on this page:

Level A few code lists that FHIR defines are hierarchical - each code is assigned a level. In this scheme, some codes are under other codes, and imply that the code they are under also applies
Source The source of the definition of the code (when the value set draws in codes defined elsewhere)
Code The code (used as the code in the resource instance)
Display The display (used in the display element of a Coding). If there is no display, implementers should not simply display the code, but map the concept into their application
Definition An explanation of the meaning of the concept
Comments Additional notes about how to use the code


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