“Tis the season to be merry, to celebrate, to decorate, to indulge, and to ring in the end of another year. Unfortunately, it’s also the time of year when the occurrence of certain types of accidents shoots up, resulting in loss to property, injuries, and even deaths. While unpleasant to consider in this most heartwarming and festive of seasons, healthcare personnel must be prepared to deal with every type of incident and activity. Fortunately, the ICD-10 code set is highly specific in the notation of these injuries and accidents. Here are 12 codes that are especially relevant to the Christmas season:
- Z63.1 – Problems in relationship with in-laws: Families come together at Christmas, and sometimes there can be arguments and disagreements.
- W45.1 – Paper entering through skin: Even a slight distraction while wrapping all those presents can result in a painful paper cut.
- W11.XXXA – Fall on and from ladder, initial encounter: Everyone wants to have the most beautiful house on the block, but putting up outdoor lights can result in an unwelcome visit to the ER.
- W51.XXXA – Accidental striking against or bumped into by another person, initial encounter: A few sensible folks get all their shopping done well in time, but most people have to do contend with the busiest time of year in the days leading up to Christmas.
- W00.1 – Fall from stairs and steps due to ice and snow: Everyone loves a white Christmas, but snow and ice are hazardous and can result in nasty falls.
- T63.79 – Toxic effect of contact with other venomous plant: Many people are unaware that festive holly, poinsettia, and mistletoe are poisonous, and curious children are especially prone to toxic injury from these decorations.
- T75.4XXA – Electrocution, initial encounter: Exposed bare wires, overloaded extension cords, and power cords in the lawn are all very dangerous, and activities such as stringing up Christmas lights can result in electrocution.
- F10.129 – Alcohol abuse with intoxication, unspecified: Drinking one too many glasses of eggnog at the office Christmas party can result in the mother of all hangovers.
- T28.0XXA – Burn of mouth and pharynx, initial encounter: Gulping down a cup of steaming hot chocolate can result in a scalded mouth and lips.
- S30.841A – External constriction of abdominal wall, initial encounter: People trying to slide down the chimney stack in full Santa regalia to impress their kids is not unheard of.
- X00.0XXA – Exposure to flames in uncontrolled fire in building or structure, initial encounter: A real Christmas tree trumps a synthetic one any day, but is an easy-to-ignite fire hazard.
- W55.32XA – Struck by other hoof stock, initial encounter: It’s Christmas, and you never know, one of Santa’s helpers might come in following a kick from Rudolph.
Stay safe this holiday season. We’re wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!