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Flag these ICD-10 Codes for the Fourth of July



We the people of the United States of America love a good ol’ fashioned Fourth of July. Despite the festivities, we manage to hurt ourselves frequently while celebrating. In fact, the week of Independence Day has one of the highest injury rates of any holiday, even more than New Year’s Eve, with over 41,200 injuries reported annually.

Whether there’s a snag at the Main Street parade (W10.1XXA Fall from sidewalk curb), or a tumble while hoisting the star-spangled banner (W13.8 Fall from other building or structure, including flagpole), there’s a whole slew of new ICD-10 codes for our patriotic mishaps.

Read on for some of our favorite July-Fourth-ready ICD-10 codes.

#1 Picnic blankets & potato salad

Right after our country’s founders claimed their independence from the crown, they went straight to planning the first Great American Backyard BBQ. In full disclosure, this may not be 100% historically accurate, but with the added specificity of ICD-10, your Independence Day coding will be.

Y93.G2 Activity, grilling and smoking food
Y92.017 Garden or yard in single-family (private) house as the place of occurrence
W21.01XA Struck by football, initial encounter

#2 From sea to shining sea

If you’re lucky enough to celebrate Independence Day on one of the shores of our great nation, keep these ICD-10 codes at the ready for any accident-prone beachcombers.

Y92.832 Beach as the place of occurrence
W56.52XA Struck by a fish
W21.06XA Struck by volleyball, initial encounter

#3 The oohs and the aahs

What would the Fourth of July be without the rockets’ red glare and fireworks bursting in air? Well, it would be a lot less exciting if you let these codes get you down. But these ooh-and-aah-inducing explosives can be as dangerous as they are patriotic. Here a few ICD-10 codes for any pyrotechnic-related injuries.

W39.XXXA Discharge of firework
T25.32 Burn of third degree of foot
F63.1 Pyromania (For those who can’t stop lighting the sparkly dazzlers…)

#4 Purple mountain majesty

The holiday weekend is the ideal time to get back in touch with the awe-inspiring nature of the Red, White and Blue. However, the wilderness can tend to get a little too, well, wild. Don’t worry: there’s more than a few ICD-10 codes to document camping (mis)adventures.

Y92.821 Forest as the place of occurrence of the external cause
L23.7 Contact with poison ivy
W53.21XA Bitten by squirrel

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Topic: EMR/EHR, Medical Billing

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