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ICD-10-CM Code T79.8
Other early complications of trauma

NON-BILLABLE
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 T79.8 is a non-billable code. To code a diagnosis of this type, you must use specify a 7th character that describes the diagnosis 'other early complications of trauma' 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 T79.8XXA initial encounter
D T79.8XXD subsequent encounter
S T79.8XXS 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 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.

Related Concepts SNOMET-CT

  • Post-traumatic nerve entrapment (disorder)
  • Traumatic pneumonia (disorder)
  • Post-traumatic dementia with behavioral change (disorder)

Coding Advice SNOMET-CT

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

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

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Source: http://icd.codes/icd10cm/T798