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Specimen

Data Element

Information from the submission form

Specimen source site
Description
Physical location on the subject where the specimen originated (e.g., right internal jugular, left arm, buttock, right eye)

Comment

APHL comment to add into USCDIV2

This data element is critical in supporting specimentype information, when more generic types are submitted - for example a joint fuild sample or a tissue sample - rather than supporting a lot of pre-coordinated (and still potentially not detailed enough specimen types) use of source site allows for a clear identification of the sample's location - critical for treating infections and cancer for example. It has been included in V2 messages for a long time (OBR-15.4) and is an RE element in ELR R1.

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