Data Element

Information from the submission form

Specimen type
Type of specimen (e.g., blood, serum, urine, stool, wound swab)


APHL comment to add into USCDIV2

This data element is critical in understanding what a laboratory result may mean - for example a positive culture result from a blood culture has different implications than from a urine culture. In many cases the specimen type can be expressed as part of the LOINC of the test being performed, but if that is not the case (because a less specific LOINC was chosen, or no LOINC was used) then this supports the test result. It has been part of v2 messages for a long time (OBR-15.1) and is required element in ELR R1 (SPM-4).

Unified Comment from CDC

  • Additional Use Case: This is a standard data item used by central cancer registries in all states. Data received through data exchange from laboratories to central cancer registries for CDC and NCI’s national cancer surveillance systems, as required by law.    
  • CSTE supports inclusion of this measure into USCDI v3: very useful for laboratory related fields context.

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