Current Build HL7 v3 Value Set EntityHandling

Vocabulary Work Group Maturity Level: N/AExternal Use Context: Any

This value set ( is defined as part of HL7 v3.


Defining URL:


OID:2.16.840.1.113883.1.11.13988 (for OID based terminology systems)
Source ResourceXML / JSON

This value set is used in the following places:

  • This value set is the designated 'entire code system' value set for v3.EntityHandling

This value set includes codes from the following code systems:


This expansion generated 07 Aug 2018

This value set contains 18 concepts

Expansion based on version 2018-04-01

All codes from system

AMBAmbient TemperatureKeep at ambient temperature, 22 +/- 2C
C37Body TemperatureCritical to keep at body temperature 36-38C
CAMBCritical Ambient temperatureCritical ambient - must not be refrigerated or frozen.
CATMProtect from AirCritical. Do not expose to atmosphere. Do not uncap.
CFRZCritical frozenCritical frozen. Specimen must not be allowed to thaw until immediately prior to testing.
CREFCritical refrigerated temperatureCritical refrigerated - must not be allowed to freeze or warm until imediately prior to testing.
DFRZDeep FrozenDeep Frozen -16 to -20C.
DRYdryKeep in a dry environment
FRZfrozenKeep frozen below 0 ?C
MTLFMetal FreeContainer is free of heavy metals, including lead.
NTRnitrogenKeep in liquid nitrogen
PRTLProtect from LightProtect from light (eg. Wrap in aluminum foil).
PSAdo not shakeDo not shake
PSOno shockProtect against shock
REFRefrigerated temperatureKeep at refrigerated temperature:4-8C Accidental warming or freezing is of little consequence.
SBUShake before useShake thoroughly before using
UFRZUltra frozenUltra cold frozen -75 to -85C. Ultra cold freezer is typically at temperature of dry ice.
UPRuprightKeep upright, do not turn upside down