[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In health care services, technology requires that correct information be duly available to professionals, citizens and authorities, worldwide. Thus, clinical laboratory sciences require standardized electronic exchanges for results of laboratory examinations. The NPU (Nomenclature, Properties and Units) coding system provides a terminology for identification of result values (property values). It is structured according to BIPM, ISO, IUPAC and IFCC recommendations. It uses standard terms for established concepts and structured definitions describing: which part of the universe is examined, which component of relevance in that part, which kind-of-property is relevant. Unit and specifications can be added where relevant [System(spec)-Component(spec); kind-of-property(spec) = ? unit]. The English version of this terminology is freely accessible at http://dior.imt.liu.se/cnpu/ and http://www.labterm.dk, directly or through the IFCC and IUPAC websites. It has been nationally used for more than 10 years in Denmark and Sweden and has been translated into 6 other languages. The NPU coding system provides a terminology for dedicated kinds-of-property following the international recommendations. It fits well in the health network and is freely accessible. Clinical laboratory professionals worldwide will find many advantages in using the NPU coding system, notably with regards to an accreditation process.
Studies in health technology and informatics 02/2009; 150:265-9.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The term designating a substance being an active ingredient of a drug may be a generic name, a nonproprietary name, a registered trade name, a fantasy name or other. This causes difficulties in the transmission of request and report on such substances to and from the clinical laboratories, and in the collating of this information from different sources. The document comprises a list of properties of drugs of abuse in biological fluids as defined by the International Olympic Committee Medical Code for use in electronic transmission systems. Standard systematic names are presented with a code value for each. The coding schemes thus prepared are accessible on Internet from C-NPU Home page address: http://inet.uni-c.dk/ qukb7642.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This document is the first recommendation on the presentation of trace elements and their values in clinical laboratory sciences from IFCC and IUPAC. It forms part of the ongoing effort to standardize requests and reporting of laboratory data for transmission across cultural and linguistic domains, without attempting to standardize the language used by clinicians and laboratory practitioners. Subsequent documents deal with syntax, kinds-of-property, and properties and units used in other areas of clinical laboratory sciences.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The hardware and software facilities for electronic storage, transfer and handling of data is such that multipurpose databases can be made accessible without geographic restriction at low cost. The versatile and flexible underlying structures allow for ease of access and retrieval of data and gives presentation formats fully comparable to printed counterparts. Because of the apparent ease of use and because of the wider distribution of the information, misinterpretation is more likely to occur than in oral or written presentation for more restricted and more culturally homogeneous audiences. This necessitates some degree of harmonisation/standardisation of data on transfer, while allowing local expression forms at sender and receiver ends (Fig. 1). This document is part of an ongoing international effort to agree on some sort of "standardisation" of the transmission and presentation of "laboratory results". It centers on the domain of drugs of abuse as defined by the International Olympic Committee.
Journal of chromatography. B, Biomedical applications 01/1997; 687(1):157-82.