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CodeSystem: specimenRole

Official URL: http://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v2-0369 Version: 2.0.0
Active as of 2019-12-01 Responsible: Health Level Seven International Computable Name: SpecimenRole
Other Identifiers: urn:ietf:rfc:3986#Uniform Resource Identifier (URI)#urn:oid:2.16.840.1.113883.18.227

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HL7-defined code system of concepts that identify the role of a sample. Used in HL7 Version 2.x messaging in the Specimen (SPM) and Observation Request (OBR) segments.

Underlying Master Code System for V2 table 0369 (Specimen Role)

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
v2-concCommenthttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/utg-concept-properties#v2-concCommentstringV2 Concept Comment


This case-sensitive code system http://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v2-0369 defines the following codes in a Is-A heirarchy:

CodeDisplayDefinitionV2 Concept Comment
B Blind SampleUsed to test the validity of the measurement process, where the composition of the sample is unknown except to the person submitting it.
C CalibratorUsed for initial setting of calibration of the instrument.
E Electronic QCUsed with manufactured reference providing signals that simulate QC results
F Filler Organization ProficiencySpecimen used for testing proficiency of the organization performing the testing (Filler).
G GroupUsed when solid specimens consist of multiple individual elements that are not individually identified but can be separated again into the original specimens. The identifiers of the original specimens may be tracked.
H Historical SpecimenThis identifies a parent specimen to the specimen that is submitted for testingThe order of specimen processing can be derived from the SPM-3 value in all SPM segments in the message. More than one historical SPM can be submitted, each SPM describes one step in the derivation process of the specimen submitted for testing.
L PoolUsed when aliquots of liquid individual specimens are combined to form a single specimen representing all of the components that are not individually identified. The identifiers of the original specimens may be tracked.
O Operator ProficiencySpecimen used for testing Operator Proficiency.
P PatientUsed for any patient sample.If the component is not valued (blank) this represents the default meaning.
Q Control specimenUsed when specimen is the control specimen (either positive or negative).
R Replicate (of patient sample as a control)Used when a patient sample is re-run as a control for a repeat test.
V Verifying CalibratorUsed for periodic calibration checks.


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