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ICD-10-CM Code T79.0
Air embolism (traumatic)

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.
7th Character Required
7th Character Required
Code requires 7th Character Extension identifier. This 7th Character usually captures Episode of Care information, such as "Initial Encounter," "Subsquent Encounter," or "Sequela."
| ICD-10 from 2011 - 2016

ICD Code T79.0 is a non-billable code. To code a diagnosis of this type, you must use specify a 7th character that describes the diagnosis 'air embolism (traumatic)' in more detail. The 7th characters that can be added, and the resulting billable codes, are as follows:

7th Digit Billable Code 7th Digit Specifies
A T79.0XXA initial encounter
D T79.0XXD subsequent encounter
S T79.0XXS sequela

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 ICD code T790 is used to code Air embolism

An air embolism, or more generally gas embolism, is a pathological condition caused by a gas bubble, or bubbles, in a vascular system although an embolism in a medical context refers to any large moving mass or defect in the blood stream. Air embolisms may also occur in the xylem of vascular plants, especially when suffering from water stress.

Specialty: Critical Care Medicine
MeSH Codes: D004618, D004618, D004617
ICD 9 Codes: 673.0, 999.1, 444.9
Source: Wikipedia

Coding Notes for T79.0 Info for medical coders on how to properly use this ICD-10 code

Code Type-1 Excludes:
Type-1 Excludes
Type-1 Excludes mean the conditions excluded are mutually exclusive and should never be coded together. Excludes 1 means "do not code here."
Air embolism complicating abortion or ectopic or molar pregnancy - instead, use Section O00-O07, O08.2)
Air embolism complicating pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium - instead, use code O88.0
Air embolism following infusion, transfusion, and therapeutic injection - instead, use code T80.0
Air embolism following procedure NEC - instead, use code T81.7-

Coding Advice SNOMET-CT

  • Episode of care information needed
  • Possible requirement for an external cause code

ICD-10-CM Alphabetical Index References for 'T79.0 - Air embolism (traumatic)'

The ICD-10-CM Alphabetical Index links the below-listed medical terms to the ICD code T79.0. Click on any term below to browse the alphabetical index.

Parent Code: T79 - Certain early complications of trauma, not elsewhere classified

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