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    Craig Newman

    I’m looking for a LOINC code to use when sending a comment about a vaccine administration. It’s not a “result” of any kind, just a note about the administration. Is Service Comment appropriate to use or is there a better LOINC to use?

    Pam Banning

    Hi Craig,

    We use Annotation Comment¬† 48767-8 for such a comment. The definition reads “This is an observation code indicating that a particular observation represents a free text annotation comment that can be appended to some other observation such as a lab result.”

    We like this better than the Service Comment series, because they can be used for a different intent in the receiving system than in your sending system, and the note could get misinterpreted.  Both sides using 48767-8 would understand that this is additional information.

    Hope this helps,

    Pam Banning,

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