HL7 Terminology (THO)
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ValueSet: hl7VS-specialHandlingConsiderations

Official URL: http://terminology.hl7.org/ValueSet/v2-0376 Version: 2.0.0
Active as of 2019-12-01 Responsible: HL7, Inc Computable Name: Hl7VSSpecialHandlingConsiderations
Other Identifiers: : urn:oid:2.16.840.1.113883.21.250

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Concepts describing how a specimen and/or container needs to be handled from the time of collection through the initiation of testing. Used in Version 2 messaging in the SPM segment.


This value set is not used here; it may be used elsewhere (e.g. specifications and/or implementations that use this content)

Logical Definition (CLD)



This value set contains 17 concepts

Expansion based on specialHandling v2.2.0 (CodeSystem)

All codes in this table are from the system http://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v2-0376

C37Body temperatureBody temperature
AMBAmbient temperatureAmbient temperature
CAMBCritical ambient temperatureCritical ambient temperature
REFRefrigerated temperatureRefrigerated temperature
CREFCritical refrigerated temperatureCritical refrigerated temperature
FRZFrozen temperatureFrozen temperature
CFRZCritical frozen temperatureCritical frozen temperature
DFRZDeep frozenDeep frozen
UFRZUltra frozenUltra frozen
NTRLiquid nitrogenLiquid nitrogen
PRTLProtect from lightProtect from light
CATMProtect from airProtect from air
PSONo shockNo shock
PSADo not shakeDo not shake
MTLFMetal FreeMetal Free

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
System 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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