Humour in ICD-10 Coding

 

For our American friends, effective October 1, 2015, there will be new ICD-10 codes.  Here are some of the ones that are a little more ‘interesting’ than others.  Hope you enjoy these!

Location

Code

Description

Comments

(strictly the opinion of the author!)

Land

W55.21

Bitten by a cow

Farmers have a more dangerous occupation than I previously considered.  It’s also a warning to be careful in petting zoos.

Land

W61.33

Pecked by a chicken

Land

V00.01

Pedestrian on foot injured by collision with rollerblader

True!  I have a colleague whose son was sued for injuring a pedestrian while roller blading.

Land

Y92.146

Swimming pool of prison as the place of occurrence of the external cause

Prisons have swimming pools?

Land

Z63.1

Problems in relationships with in-laws

This is new?

Land

Z92.241

Hurt at the library

 

Land

Z92.253

Hurt at the opera

Feelings?  Eardrums?

Land

Z93.D1

Accident while knitting or crocheting

 

Sea

W56.22

Struck by Orca, initial encounter

 

Sea

W56.32

Struck by marine mammals

Orcas are marine mammals?  Why are they so special?  Or do Orca’s only strike twice?

Sea

W56.11

Bitten by sea lion

Would the code change depending on whether or not the sea lion was on land or in the water when it bit you?

Sea

V91.07

Burn due to water skis on fire

I just can’t get my head around this one.

Sea

V91.35

Hit or struck by falling object due to accident by canoe or kayak

Help me with this one.  One canoe goes over a waterfall and hits another one?

Sea

V94.810

Civilian watercraft involved in water transport accident with military watercraft

Truly!  Reminds me of the time we were motoring our sailboat in Norfolk, West Virginia near the navy shipyards and forgot to turn on our VHF radio.

Air

W61.12

Struck by Macaw

Does every bird have its own code, or is there something special about Macaw’s that I don’t know?

Air

W61.01

Bitten by parrot

Ditto for species specific codes.

Air

V97.33

Sucked into Jet Engine

No ‘initial contact’ for this code, not like for Orcas.  And isn’t this most likely to happen on land?  Or is this for action movie figures?

Air

X52

Prolonged stay in weightless environment

Does this include neutral buoyancy tanks, or just space?

Air

V96.00

Unspecified balloon accident injuring occupant

 

Air

V95.40

Unspecified spacecraft accident injuring occupant.

Is the spacecraft or the accident unspecified?

 

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