Independence Day is always a cause for celebration. With activities including boating, barbecuing, and lighting fireworks (provided they are legal) comes a considerable amount of risk. So, along with all the fun, a refresher of the ICD-10 codes is in order. Below we have provided some of the codes you may be seeing this upcoming holiday in treating your patients. Encourage your patients to be cautious, and enjoy the festivities!
ICD-10 Codes to Remember on the 4th of July
The following are some of the most common activities your patients will be engaging in this 4th of July. Advise them on how to avoid the risks associated with these activities, and keep the ICD-10 Codes fresh in your mind when treating patients.
Taking a Weekend Boating Trip on the Lake
Summer is well underway, and that means hot weather is ahead. A trip to the nearest lake with family and friends is a great way to relax and cool down. A hot day on the lake is not without its risks, though, so here are some of the ICD-10 Codes related to a day on the lake
- E86.0: Dehydration
- Out on the water, this may not be the first risk people think of. In the heat of the afternoon, doing physical activities like swimming, it can be very easy to get dehydrated. Encourage your patients to bring water bottles to make sure they stay hydrated.
- L55.0: Sunburn of first degree
- Too often people forget to apply sunscreen before going outside. It is recommended all days of the year to wear sunscreen, not just to protect you during hot days where there is a risk of severe burning.
- V91.07XA: Burn due to water skis on fire
- Yes, there is a code for this. It seems outlandish, but it has happened at least once. Any flammable materials should always be handled with you should always have a fire extinguisher on hand.
- V93.29XA: Heat exposure on board watercraft
- Make sure to avoid staying in direct sunlight for long periods of time. If the boat has a cover or an umbrella, stay under it the majority of the time.
- W56.51XA: Bitten by other fish
- In a habitat with fish and other marine creatures, be mindful of their space. Some fishes can bite, and it’s important to maintain your distance when wild animals of any kind are present.
Seeing a Fireworks Show or Lighting Fireworks
Often on independence day people will want to set off some type of pyrotechnics. Whether in the form of small firecrackers or going to watch an elaborate fireworks show, there’s always the possibility of bodily harm. The danger of fireworks comes from when they are used irresponsibly.
- W39.XXXA: Discharge of firework
- Use extreme caution around fireworks. Maintain a distance of 25-40 yards always. During a fireworks show you should be at least 75 yards away.
- H91.90: Unspecified hearing loss
- Noise over 140 decibels can cause hearing loss. Fireworks create noise at 150-175 decibels. Before setting off or watching fireworks, it is recommended to put in earplugs.
- X97.XXXA: Assault by smoke, fire, and flames
- The risk of causing a larger fire when setting off fireworks is very high. Set any fireworks away from other flammable materials, and always have a fire extinguisher on hand.
Backyard Barbecuing With Family and Friends
A long weekend is the perfect time to bring family and friends together and barbecue. Of course, getting the teenagers off of their smartphones is going to be a slight challenge, and, we all know what happens when dad goes a little overboard with the grill. Make sure to have your trusty fire extinguisher ready at all times.
- Y92.017: Garden or yard in single-family (private) house as place of occurrence of the external cause
- Maybe let the in-laws host this one.
- W21.06XA: Struck by volleyball. Volleyball is fun for everyone
- Of course when playing, there is a risk of jammed fingers or, worst case scenario, a broken nose. Be prepared when playing any sport to ice or wrap any injuries that may occur.
- X10.2XXA: Contact with hot food
- When cooking on an open flame, the temperatures can be much higher (charcoal can reach 700 degrees) than on the stove top. We recommend using an apron, oven mitts, and of course use tongs to move food off the grill.
- Y93.G2: Activity, grilling and smoking food
- Always take the time to set a fire extinguisher by the side of the grill. Use caution when grilling.
- Z99.89: Dependence on other enabling machines and devices
- Put away any distracting technology when working over an open flame. The risk of a larger fire starting is more urgent than anything related to your devices.
Make sure to stay safe and have a fantastic weekend. Happy Fourth of July from PrognoCIS!