Qualitative conditions

These codes refer to the quality of a specimen. For example, if a blood specimen clotted, this is a qualitative issue that could prevent processing. If there was a qualitative or participant abnormality that would prevent processing but no other code is applicable, the SNP condition code can be used.

Table 1. Qualitative conditions
Code Description Usage
BLD Bloody The specimen, such as a throat swab, contained blood.
CLT Clotted The specimen has clotted, often because the additive did not mix correctly with the specimen.
CTM Contaminated The specimen is visibly contaminated.
DCG Discharge present A specimen, such as a vagina swab, that contains discharge material
HEM Hemolyzed A blood specimen that has hemolyzed.
HUM Humidity The specimen has been exposed to high humidity.
ICT Icteric There are excessive amounts of bilirubin in the specimen.
LIP Lipemic There is excessive fat content in the specimen.
LYS Lysed There has been a breakdown of cells in the specimen other than hemolyzation.
NQA Real-time QA for viability and viable recovery not performed due to low volume of sample collected Used by a Leukopak processing laboratory to indicate that the full specimen volume needed for PBMC viability and viable recovery QA could not be obtained.
SNP Sample Not Processed A generic code for when there is a qualitative issue that prevents an otherwise correctly collected primary from being processed into aliquots, but no other code applies. The Reason sample not collected field should be used in conjunction with SNP.
VPL Viability percentage may be less than the expected parameter Used by a processing laboratory to indicate that the PBMC viable percentage of the PBMC specimen may be lower than what's expected.
VRU Viable recovery may be outside expected parameters (higher or lower) Used by a processing laboratory to indicate that the PBMC viable recovery of the PBMC specimen may be outside what is expected.