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CodeSystem: specimenAction

Official URL: http://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v2-0065 Version: 2.0.0
Active as of 2019-12-01 Responsible: Health Level Seven International Computable Name: SpecimenAction
Other Identifiers: urn:ietf:rfc:3986#Uniform Resource Identifier (URI)#urn:oid:2.16.840.1.113883.18.25

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HL7-defined code system of concepts which specify actions to be taken with respect to the specimens that accompany or precede an order. The purpose of these are to further qualify (when appropriate) the general action indicated by the order control code (code system xxxx). Used in HL7 Version 2.x messaging in the OBR segment.

Underlying Master Code System for V2 table 0065 (Specimen Action Code)

This Code system is referenced in the content logical definition of the following value sets:


This code system defines the following properties for its concepts

statushttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/utg-concept-properties#statuscodeStatus of the concept
deprecatedhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/utg-concept-properties#v2-table-deprecatedcodeVersion of HL7 in which the code was deprecated


This case-sensitive code system http://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v2-0065 defines the following codes in a Is-A heirarchy:

CodeDisplayDefinitiondeprecatedDeutsch (German, de)
C Cancel order for battery or tests namedCancel order for battery or tests named2.9Stornoauftrag zu bekannter Probe
A Add ordered tests to the existing specimenAdd ordered tests to the existing specimenZusätzliche Tests zur vorhandenen Probe
G Generated order; reflex orderGenerated order; reflex orderNachgeordneter Auftrag / Auftrag als Reaktion auf Untersuchungsergebnis
L Lab to obtain specimen from patientLab to obtain specimen from patientHolauftrag für Labor
O Specimen obtained by service other than LabSpecimen obtained by service other than LabProbe wird / wurde mit dem Auftrag zur Verfügung gestellt
P Pending specimen; Order sent prior to deliveryPending specimen; Order sent prior to deliveryProbe steht noch aus - Auftrag liegt schon vor
R Revised orderRevised orderGeänderter Auftrag
S Schedule the tests specified belowSchedule the tests specified belowSpezifizierte Untersuchungen einplanen


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