Release 4 HL7 v3 Code System EntityCode

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

This code system ( is defined as part of HL7 v3.


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Title:v3 Code System EntityCode

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OID:2.16.840.1.113883.5.1060 (for OID based terminology systems)
Source ResourceXML / JSON

This Code system is used in the following value sets:

Release Date: 2018-08-12

1(_MaterialEntityClassType) Abstract  Types of Material for EntityClass "MAT"
2  (_ContainerEntityType) Abstract  Material intended to hold another material for purpose of storage or transport.
3    PKG Package A material intended to hold other materials for purposes of storage or transportation
4      (_NonRigidContainerEntityType) Abstract  A container having dimensions that adjust somewhat based on the amount and shape of the material placed within it.
5        BAG Bag A pouched or pendulous container.
5        PACKT Packet A paper
5        PCH Pouch A small bag or container made of a soft material.
5        SACH Sachet A small bag or packet containing a small portion of a substance.
4      (_RigidContainerEntityType) Abstract  A container having a fixed and inflexible dimensions and volume
5        (_IndividualPackageEntityType) Abstract  Container intended to contain sufficient material for only one use.
6          AMP Ampule A small sealed glass container that holds a measured amount of a medicinal substance.
6          MINIM Minim Individually dosed ophthalmic solution. One time eye dropper dispenser.
6          NEBAMP Nebuamp Individually dosed inhalation solution.
6          OVUL Ovule A container either glass or plastic and a narrow neck, for storing liquid.
5        (_MultiUseContainerEntityType) Abstract  A container intended to contain sufficient material for more than one use. (I.e. Material is intended to be removed from the container at more than one discrete time period.)
6          BOT Bottle A container, typically rounded, either glass or plastic with a narrow neck and capable of storing liquid.
7            BOTA Amber Bottle A bottle of yellow to brown color. Used to store light-sensitive materials
7            BOTD Dropper Bottle A bottle with a cap designed to release the contained liquid in droplets of a specific size.
7            BOTG Glass Bottle A bottle made of glass
7            BOTP Plastic Bottle A bottle made of plastic
8              BOTPLY Polyethylene Bottle A bottle made of polyethylene
6          BOX Box A 6-sided container commonly made from paper or cardboard used for solid forms.
6          CAN Can A metal container in which a material is hermetically sealed to enable storage over long periods.
6          CART Cartridge A sealed container of liquid or powder intended to be loaded into a device.
6          CNSTR Canister A pressurized metal container holding a substance released as a spray or aerosol.
6          JAR Jar A container of glass, earthenware, plastic, etc. Top of the container has a diameter of similar size to the diameter of the container as a whole
6          JUG Jug A deep vessel for holding liquids, with a handle and often with a spout or lip shape for pouring.
6          TIN Tin A lidded container made of thin sheet metal.
6          TUB Tub An open flat bottomed round container.
6          TUBE Tube A long hollow rigid or flexible cylinder. Material is extruded by squeezing the container.
6          VIAL Vial A small cylindrical glass for holding liquid medicines.
5        BLSTRPK Blister Pack A bubblepack. Medications sealed individually, separated into doses.
6          CARD Card A bubble pack card. Multiple individual/separated doses.
4      COMPPKG Compliance Package A container intended to contain sufficient material for more than one use, but grouped or organized to provide individual access to sufficient material for a single use. Often used to ensure that the proper type and amount of material is consumed/expended for each use.
5        BLSTRPK
5        DIALPK Dial Pack Rotatable dispenser. Eg. Birth control package.
5        DISK Disk Object that is thin, flat, and circular. Doses of medication often contained in bubbles on the disk.
5        DOSET Dosette Special packaging that will help patients take their medications on a regular basis.
5        STRIP Strip A continuous strip of plastic sectioned into individual pouches, each one containing the quantity of 1 or more medications intended to be administered at a specific time
4      KIT Kit A container for a diverse collection of products intended to be used together for some purpose (e.g. Medicinal kits often contain a syringe, a needle and the injectable medication).
5        SYSTM System A kit in which the components are interconnected.
2  (_MedicalDevice) Abstract  A device with direct or indirect therapeutic purpose. Values for EntityCode when EntityClass = "DEV"
3    (_AccessMedicalDevice) Abstract  A device used to allow access to a part of a body
4      LINE Line A hollow tube used to administer a substance into a vein, artery or body cavity
5        IALINE Intra-arterial Line A line used to administer a substance into an artery
5        IVLINE Intraveneous Line A line used to administer a substance into a vein
3    (_AdministrationMedicalDevice) Abstract  A device intended to administer a substance to a subject
4      (_InjectionMedicalDevice) Abstract  A device intended to administer liquid into a subject via a
5        AINJ AutoInjector Automatically injects medication.
5        PEN Pen A device which can contain a cartridge for injection purposes. Eg. Insulin pen.
5        SYR Syringe A barrel with a plunger.
4      APLCTR Applicator A device used to apply a liquid or powder to a surface.
4      INH Inhaler A small device used for inhaling medicine in the form of a vapour or gas in order to ease a respiratory condition such as asthma or to relieve nasal congestion.
5        DSKS Diskus The device used to inhale the doses of medication contained in the disk form.
5        DSKUNH Diskhaler The device used to inhale the doses of medication contained in the disk form.
5        TRBINH Turbuhaler Asthma medication delivery device.
4      PMP Pump A device that is used to raise, compress, or transfer liquids or gases and is operated by a piston or similar mechanism.
2  (_SpecimenAdditiveEntity) Abstract  Set of codes related to specimen additives
3    ACDA ACD Solution A ACD Solution A of trisodium citrate, 22.0g/L; citric acid, 8.0 g/L; and dextrose 24.5 g/L. Used in Blood banking and histocompatibilty testing
3    ACDB ACD Solution B ACD Solution B of trisodium citrate, 13.2g/L; citric acid, 4.8 g/L; and dextrose 14.7 g/L. Used in Blood banking and histocompatibilty testing.
3    ACET Acetic Acid 50% V/V acetic acid in water. Used as a urine preservative
3    AMIES Amies transport medium Sodium Chloride 3.0g, Potassium Chloride 0.2g, Calcium Chloride 0.1g, Magnesium Chloride 0.1g, Monopotassium Phosphate 0.2g, Disodium Phosphate 1.15g, Sodium Thiogly collate 1.0g, Distilled Water 1 liter
3    BACTM Bacterial Transport medium Any medium used to maintain bacterial viability (e.g. Stuart's, Cary-Blair, Amies)
3    BF10 Buffered 10% formalin Formaldehyde 4% w/v; methyl alcohol 1% w/v; phosphate buffering salts. Tissue preservative
3    BOR Boric Acid Powdered boric acid (usually 10 g) added to 24-hour urine collections as a preservative.
3    BOUIN Bouin's solution Picric acid, saturated aqueous solution (750.0 ml), 37-40% formalin (250.0 ml), glacial acetic acid (50.0 ml). Tissue preservative.
3    BSKM Buffered skim milk 50% skim milk in 0.01 M phosphate-buffered saline. Maintain virus viability
3    C32 3.2% Citrate A 3.2% solution of Sodium Citrate in water. Used as a blood preservative
3    C38 3.8% Citrate A 3.8% solution of Sodium Citrate in water. Used as a blood preservative
3    CARS Carson's Modified 10% formalin A modification of buffered 10% formalin used as a general tissue preservative.
3    CARY Cary Blair Medium Sodium Thioglycollate 1.5 g, Disodium Hydrogen Phosphate 1.1 g, Sodium Chloride 5.0 g, Calcium Chloride 0.09 g, Agar 5.0 g, per Liter of Water
3    CHLTM Chlamydia transport medium Any of a number of non-nutritive buffered media used to maintain Chlamydia viability during transportation to the laboratory
3    CTAD CTAD Buffered tri-sodium citrate solution with theophylline, adenosine and dipyridamole
3    EDTK15 Potassium/K EDTA 15% Potassium EDTA 15% solution in water
3    EDTK75 Potassium/K EDTA 7.5% Potassium EDTA 7.5% solution in water
3    EDTN Sodium/Na EDTA Sodium fluoride and Disodium EDTA
3    ENT Enteric bacteria transport medium Any of a number of non-nutritive buffered media used to maintain enteric bacterial viability during transportation to the laboratory
3    F10 10% Formalin A 10% v/v solution in water of formalin( a 37% solution of formaldehyde and water). Used for tissue preservation.
3    FDP Thrombin NIH; soybean trypsin inhibitor Thrombin plus soybean trypsin inhibitor. For use in identifying fibrn degredation products.
3    FL10 Sodium Fluoride, 10mg Sodium fluoride, 10mg added as a urine preservative.
3    FL100 Sodium Fluoride, 100mg Sodium fluoride, 100mg added as a urine preservative.
3    HCL6 6N HCL A solution of HCl containing 6moles of hydrogen ion/L. Used as a Urine Preservative.
3    HEPA Ammonium heparin Ammonium heparin
3    HEPL Lithium/Li Heparin Lithium heparin salt
3    HEPN Sodium/Na Heparin Sodium heparin salt
3    HNO3 Nitric Acid 6N Nitric acid used to preserve urine for heavy metal analysis.
3    JKM Jones Kendrick Medium A transport medium formulated to maintain Bordetella pertussis viability.
3    KARN Karnovsky's fixative 5% Glutaraldehyde, 4% Formaldehyde in 0.08M buffer. Tissue preservation
3    KOX Potassium Oxalate Potassium oxalate and sodium fluoride in a 1.25:1 ratio
3    LIA Lithium iodoacetate Iodoacetate lithium salt
3    M4 M4 Modified Hank's balanced salt solution supplemented with bovine serum albumin, gelatin, sucrose and glutamic acid. It is buffered to pH 7.3+ or - 0.2 with HEPES buffer. Phenol red is used to indicate pH. Vancomycin, Amphotericin B and Colistin are used to
3    M4RT M4-RT Modified Hank's balanced salt solution supplemented with bovine serum albumin, gelatin, sucrose and glutamic acid. It is buffered to pH 7.3+ or - 0.2 with Hepes buffer. Phenol red is used to indicate pH. Gentamicin and amphotericin B are used to inhibit c
3    M5 M5 Modified Hank's balanced salt solution supplemented with protein stabilizers, sucrose and glutamic acid. It is buffered to pH 7.3+ or - 0.2 with Hepes buffer. Phenol red is used to indicate pH. Vancomycin, Amphotericin B and Colistin are used to inhibit c
3    MICHTM Michel's transport medium 1M potassium citrate, pH 7.0 2.5 ml, 0.1M magnesium sulfate 5.0 ml, 0.1M N-ethyl malemide 5.0 ml, dH2O 87.5 ml, ammonium sulfate 55gm. Preserve antigens for Immunofluorescence procedures
3    MMDTM MMD transport medium A buffered medium with ammonium sulfate added to preserve antigens for Immunofluorescence procedures
3    NAF Sodium Fluoride Sodium fluoride
3    NONE None No additive. Specifically identifes the specimen as having no additives.
3    PAGE Page's Saline 0.12 g NaCl, 0.004 g MgSO, 0.004 g, CaCl, 0.142 g Na2HPO4 and 0.136 g KH2PO4 per liter of distilled water. Maintain Acanthaoemba viability.
3    PHENOL Phenol Phenol. Urine preservative
3    PVA Polyvinylalcohol Polyvinyl alcohol
3    RLM Reagan Lowe Medium A transport medium formulated to maintain Bordetella pertussis viability.
3    SILICA Siliceous earth Diatomaceous earth. For glucose determination blood samples
3    SPS Sodium polyanethol sulfonate 0.35% in 0.85% sodium chloride Sodium polyanethol sulfonate in saline. Anticomplementary and antiphagocytic properties. Used in blood culture collection.
3    SST Serum Separator Tube Polymer separator gel with clot activator
3    STUTM Stuart transport medium Sodium Glycerophosphate 10.0g, Calcium Chloride 0.1g, Mercaptoacetic Acid 1.0ml, Distilled Water 1 liter
3    THROM Thrombin Thrombin. Accelerates clotting.
3    THYMOL Thymol 2-Isopropyl-5-methyl phenol. A preservative for 24 Hr Urine samples
3    THYO Thyoglycolate broth A nutritive medium with a reducing agent (sodium thioglycolate) which, due to a chemical reaction, removes oxygen from the broth.
3    TOLU Toluene Also known as Methylbenzene; Toluol; Phenylmethane. A preservative for 24 Hr Urine samples
3    URETM Ureaplasma transport medium A buffered salt solution with antifungal agents added for the collection and transport of Ureaplasma specimens.
3    VIRTM Viral Transport medium Sucrose 74.6g, Potassium hydrogenphosphate 0.52g, L-glutamic acid 0.72g, Bovine serum albumin 5.0g, Gentamicin 50mg, Potassium dihydrogenphosphate 1.25g, L-15 medium 9.9L, Water to 10L. Maintain Virus viability.
3    WEST Buffered Citrate 3.8% Citrate buffered to a pH of 5.5 for Westergren Sedimentation Rate
2  BLDPRD Blood Product A manufactured product that is produced from the raw blood oi a donor with the intention of using it in a recipient transfusion.
2  VCCNE Vaccine A Type of medicine that creates an immune protection without the recipient experiencing the disease.
2  (_DrugEntity) Abstract  A substance whose therapeutic effect is produced by chemical action within the body.
3    (_ClinicalDrug) Abstract  Any substance or mixture of substances manufactured, sold or represented for use in: (a) the diagnosis, treatment, mitigation or prevention of a disease, disorder, abnormal physical state, or its symptoms, in human beings or animals; (b) restoring, correcting or modifying organic functions in human beings or animals.
1(_NonDrugAgentEntity) Abstract  Indicates types of allergy and intolerance agents which are non-drugs. (E.g. foods, latex, etc.)
2  NDA01 egg
2  NDA02 fish
2  NDA03 lactose
2  NDA04 peanut
2  NDA05 soy
2  NDA06 sulfites
2  NDA07 wheat or gluten
2  NDA08 isocyanates
2  NDA09 solvents
2  NDA10 oils
2  NDA11 venoms
2  NDA12 latex
2  NDA13 shellfish
2  NDA14 strawberries
2  NDA15 tomatoes
2  NDA16 dust
2  NDA17 dust mites
1(_OrganizationEntityType) Abstract  Further classifies entities of classCode ORG.
2  HHOLD household The group of persons who occupy a single housing unit.
2  NAT NationEntityType Codes identifying nation states. Allows for finer grained specification of Entity with classcode <= NAT
Example:ISO3166 country codes.
2  RELIG religious institution An organization that provides religious rites of worship.
1(_PlaceEntityType) Abstract  Types of places for EntityClass "PLC"
2  BED Bed Location The location of a bed
2  BLDG Building Location The location of a building
2  FLOOR Floor Location The location of a floor of a building
2  ROOM Room Location The location of a room
2  WING Wing Location The location of a wing of a building (e.g. East Wing). The same room number for the same floor number can be distinguished by wing number in some situations
1(_ResourceGroupEntityType) Abstract  Codes to characterize a Resource Group using categories that typify its membership and/or function
Example: PractitionerGroup
2  PRAC PractitionerGroup