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  1. FHIR Specification Feedback
  2. FHIR-13573

Heart rate UCUM should be {beats}/min

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    • Type: Change Request
    • Status: Resolved - No Change (View Workflow)
    • Priority: Medium
    • Resolution: Not Persuasive
    • Specification:
      FHIR Core (FHIR)
    • Raised in Version:
      STU3
    • Work Group:
      Orders & Observations
    • Related Artifact(s):
      Observation
    • Related Section(s):
      10.1.18
    • Resolution Description:
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      {} content is really for human consumption so if we have it in the units element then putting in the code element will muddy the waters with two location for possibly supplying the display text and may not be computable for some systems. (see Zulip chat referenced below for full discussion)

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      {} content is really for human consumption so if we have it in the units element then putting in the code element will muddy the waters with two location for possibly supplying the display text and may not be computable for some systems. (see Zulip chat referenced below for full discussion)
    • Resolution Vote:
      Eric Haas/Josh Mandel: 6-0-2
    • Change Category:
      Enhancement

      Description

      The vital sign Heart Rate is listed to use LOINC code "8867-4" and UCUM units "/min". This particular LOINC code has (granted: "example") units of

      {beats}/min according to LOINC itself. I could also find reference to {beats}

      /min in CDC documentation.

      Propose to update the units for heart rate to

      {beats}

      /min to match LOINC and CDC.

      References:

      https://s.details.loinc.org/LOINC/8867-4.html?sections=Comprehensive

      https://ftp.cdc.gov/pub/CLIAC_meeting_presentations/pdf/Addenda/cliac0313/13B_CLIAC_2013March_TableofExampleUCUM.pdf (page 5)

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            ahenket Alexander Henket
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