The NPU segment allows the updating of census (bed status) data without sending patient-specific data. An example might include changing the status of a bed from "housekeeping" to "unoccupied."
Definition: This field contains the bed location that is a valid bed location.
(Definition from PV1.40 in Ch. 3)
Definition: The PV1-40 field was retained for backward compatibility only as of v 2.3, and the field withdrawn as of v 2.7. The information is now held in the fifth component of the PL datatype in PV1-3.
(Definition from NPU.2 in Ch. 3)
Definition: This field contains the bed status. Refer to User-defined Table 0116 - Bed Status in Chapter 2C, Code Tables, for suggested values.