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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: Health Level Seven International Computable Name: Hl7VSSpecialHandlingConsiderations
Other Identifiers: urn:ietf:rfc:3986#Uniform Resource Identifier (URI)#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)



Expansion based on codesystem specialHandling v2.0.0 (CodeSystem)

This value set contains 17 concepts.

  C37http://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v2-0376Body temperature

Body temperature

  AMBhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v2-0376Ambient temperature

Ambient temperature

  CAMBhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v2-0376Critical ambient temperature

Critical ambient temperature

  REFhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v2-0376Refrigerated temperature

Refrigerated temperature

  CREFhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v2-0376Critical refrigerated temperature

Critical refrigerated temperature

  FRZhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v2-0376Frozen temperature

Frozen temperature

  CFRZhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v2-0376Critical frozen temperature

Critical frozen temperature

  DFRZhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v2-0376Deep frozen

Deep frozen

  UFRZhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v2-0376Ultra frozen

Ultra frozen

  NTRhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v2-0376Liquid nitrogen

Liquid nitrogen

  PRTLhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v2-0376Protect from light

Protect from light

  CATMhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v2-0376Protect from air

Protect from air



  PSOhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v2-0376No shock

No shock

  PSAhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v2-0376Do not shake

Do not shake



  MTLFhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v2-0376Metal Free

Metal 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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