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ICD-10-CM Code T79
Certain early complications of trauma, not elsewhere classified

Non-Billable Code
Non-Billable means the code is not sufficient justification for admission to an acute care hospital when used a principal diagnosis. Use a child code to capture more detail.
| ICD-10 from 2011 - 2016

ICD Code T79 is a non-billable code. To code a diagnosis of this type, you must use one of the ten child codes of T79 that describes the diagnosis 'certain early complications of trauma, nec' in more detail.

The ICD code T79 is used to code Major trauma

Major trauma is any injury that has the potential to cause prolonged disability or death. There are many causes of major trauma, blunt and penetrating, including falls, motor vehicle collisions, and gunshot wounds. Depending on the severity of injury, quick management and transport to an appropriate medical facility (called a trauma center) may be necessary to prevent loss of life or limb. The initial assessment involves a physical evaluation and can also include the use of imaging tools to accurately determine a type of injury and to formulate a course of treatment. Various classification scales exist for use with trauma to determine the severity of injuries, which is used to determine the resources used and for statistical collection. The initial assessment is critical in determining the extent of injuries and what will be needed to manage an injury, and treating immediate life threats.

Specialty: Emergency Medicine
MeSH Codes: D014947, D014947, D014947, D014947
ICD 9 Codes: 900, 910, 950, 957

Health care providers attending to a person on a stretcher with a gunshot wound to the head. The patient is intubated, and a mechanical ventilator is visible in the background.

Coding Notes for T79 Info for medical coders on how to properly use this ICD-10 code

Code Type-2 Excludes:
Type-2 Excludes
Type-2 Excludes means the excluded conditions are different, although they may appear similar. A patient may have both conditions, but one does not include the other. Excludes 2 means "not coded here."
Acute respiratory distress syndrome - instead, use Code J80
Complications occurring during or following medical procedures - instead, use Section T80-T88
Complications of surgical and medical care NEC - instead, use Section T80-T88
Newborn respiratory distress syndrome - instead, use code P22.0
7th Character Extension Notes:

What is 7th Character Extension?

For codes less than 6 characters that require a 7th character a placeholder 'X' should be assigned for all characters less than 6. The 7th character must always be the 7th position of a code. E.g. The ICD-10-CM code T67.4 (Heat exhaustion due to salt depletion) requires an Episode of Care identifier. T67.4XXA Initial Encounter or T67.4XXD Subsequent Encounter. More Info
The appropriate 7th character is to be added to each code from category See Section T79

ICD-10-CM Alphabetical Index References for 'T79 - Certain early complications of trauma, not elsewhere classified'

The ICD-10-CM Alphabetical Index links the below-listed medical terms to the ICD code T79. Click on any term below to browse the alphabetical index.

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