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ValueSet: EntityHandling

Official URL: http://terminology.hl7.org/ValueSet/v3-EntityHandling Version: 2.0.0
Active as of 2014-03-26 Computable Name: EntityHandling
Other Identifiers: id: urn:oid:2.16.840.1.113883.1.11.13988

Special handling requirements for an Entity.

Example:Keep at room temperature; Keep frozen below 0 C; Keep in a dry environment; Keep upright, do not turn upside down.


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 18 concepts

Expansion based on EntityHandling v2.1.1 (CodeSystem)

  AMBhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v3-EntityHandlingAmbient Temperature

Keep at ambient temperature, 22 +/- 2C

  C37http://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v3-EntityHandlingBody Temperature

Critical to keep at body temperature 36-38C

  CAMBhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v3-EntityHandlingCritical Ambient temperature

Critical ambient - must not be refrigerated or frozen.

  CATMhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v3-EntityHandlingProtect from Air

Critical. Do not expose to atmosphere. Do not uncap.

  CFRZhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v3-EntityHandlingCritical frozen

Critical frozen. Specimen must not be allowed to thaw until immediately prior to testing.

  CREFhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v3-EntityHandlingCritical refrigerated temperature

Critical refrigerated - must not be allowed to freeze or warm until imediately prior to testing.

  DFRZhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v3-EntityHandlingDeep Frozen

Deep Frozen -16 to -20C.


Keep in a dry environment


Keep frozen below 0 ?C

  MTLFhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v3-EntityHandlingMetal Free

Container is free of heavy metals, including lead.


Keep in liquid nitrogen

  PRTLhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v3-EntityHandlingProtect from Light

Protect from light (eg. Wrap in aluminum foil).

  PSAhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v3-EntityHandlingdo not shake

Do not shake

  PSOhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v3-EntityHandlingno shock

Protect against shock

  REFhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v3-EntityHandlingRefrigerated temperature

Keep at refrigerated temperature:4-8C Accidental warming or freezing is of little consequence.

  SBUhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v3-EntityHandlingShake before use

Shake thoroughly before using

  UFRZhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v3-EntityHandlingUltra frozen

Ultra cold frozen -75 to -85C. Ultra cold freezer is typically at temperature of dry ice.


Keep upright, do not turn upside down

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


2022-10-18reviseTSMGMarc DuteauFixing missing metadata; up-349
2020-05-06reviseVocabulary WGTed KleinMigrated to the UTG maintenance environment and publishing tooling.
2014-03-26revise2014T1_2014-03-26_001283 (RIM release ID)Vocabulary (Woody Beeler) (no record of original request)Lock all vaue sets untouched since 2014-03-26 to trackingId 2014T1_2014_03_26