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Re: [Gnumed-devel] basic test types - Sample type prefixes

From: J Busser
Subject: Re: [Gnumed-devel] basic test types - Sample type prefixes
Date: Wed, 6 Oct 2004 16:48:28 -0700

A regional lab sent out notice that it will incorporate into test results internationally recognized preixes to denote sample types:

B- Blood
Br- Breath
F- Faeces
P- Plasma
S- Serum
Semf- Seminal fluid
Sp- Sputun
Synf- Synovial fluid
T- Tissue
U- Urine
RBC- Red Blood Cell
WBC- White Blood Cell

For possible reference I asked the origin of these and below came the reply:

-----Original Message-----

 Date: Wed Oct 06 10:20:00 PDT 2004
 From: "O'Brien, Pat" <address@hidden>
 Subject: RE: Sample type prefixes - internationally recognized
 To: "'James Busser'" <address@hidden>

 Dear Dr. Busser:

 Thank you for your interest.

 Although I have perused a number of papers on this subject, the following
 sources were the ones primarily used to help with standardizing the way we
 report results:
 *International Federation of Clinical Chemistry
 *International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
 *SI Manual in Health Care produced by Metric Commission Canada Sector
 Committee 9.10 Health and Welfare.
 College of American Pathologists

 There have been some prefixes that are recommended by the IFCC that I chose
 not to use at this time because I thought they might cause confusion.  These
        Erc for Red Blood Cell
        Lkc for White Blood Cell
        Sf for Cerebral Spinal Fluid
 Also, there seem to be no universally recognized prefixes for "semen" or

 It is a difficult job to employ all the recommendations of these committees
 when I know that some of these abbreviations are not yet recognized, yet if
 we don't use them, they never will be....something of a dilemma.

 Our purpose is to standardize the appearance of our reports and hopefully
 make them clearly readable and understood.  We are hampered by space
 limitations, so still have a product that is not perfect.

 I hope this information is useful to you.


 Pat O'Brien, R+D Tech, MDS

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