ICD-10-CM codes that are not on anyone's Christmas list

Carl Natale
by Carl Natale
ICD-10-CM codes that are not on anyone's Christmas list

A good Christmas would be one when Santa Claus comes to the chimney, not the waiting room. But if you see a medical claim for Nicholas "Santa" Claus, you might be using these diagnoses:

  • Ankle sprain - S93.402A, Sprain of unspecified ligament of left ankle, initial encounter
  • Fall from roof - W13.2XXA, Fall from, out of or through roof, initial encounter
  • Smoke exposure - X02.1XXA, Exposure to smoke in controlled fire in building or structure, initial encounter

And here are a few more holiday diagnoses:

  • Y92.59 – Injury at shopping mall: No sweat. You saw this on Black Friday.
  • R10.13 – Indigestion: Some people haven't taken a break from eating since Thanksgiving.
  • A051 — Botulism food poisoning: Any canned ham recently?
  • V80.1 – Injury as occupant of animal-drawn vehicle: Nothing says Christmas like a ride in a horse-drawn sleigh. The North Pole Emergency Center probably has a great deal of experience with this one. Reindeer, you know.
  • W55.32XA –  Struck by other hoof stock, initial encounter: Like I said. Reindeer.
  • W00 – Fall due to ice and snow: One person's white Christmas is another patient's visit to the ED.
  • W14— Fall from tree: The problem with really big Christmas trees is that it gets tricky putting a star on top.
  • T33.53 – Superficial frostbite of finger: Some people just don't think gloves are necessary.
  • T28.0XXA – Burn of mouth pharynx, initial encounter: When the hot chocolate is really hot— too hot to drink.
  • X08.8XXA — Exposure to other specified smoke, fire and flames, initial encounter: There are candles all over the place. So be careful.
  • W29.0XXA – Contact with powered kitchen appliance, initial encounter: Cookie-making injuries aren't just caused by hot cookie trays. Some people get their hands just a little too close to the mixers while making cookie dough.
  • W262XXA — Contact with edge of stiff paper: Paper cuts. If the scissors don't get you, the wrapping paper will.
  • Z72.820 – Sleep deprivation: How late was the patient up Christmas Eve assembling children's toys?
  • Z62.891 –  Sibling rivalry: This can be worse than the fights with the in-laws during Thanksgiving.

I hope you're having a good holiday and able to avoid these diagnoses.