A: It really depends on what you want to capture. 856173.5 indicates the blood loss. 856174.5 indicates the fact that the fracture is open. The severity here is the same. It is different for partially unstable fractures so in that case you might lean toward the blood loss which is a higher severity.
A: Even if the MD diagnoses rib fx, the AIS rules clearly state that they must be substantiated by radiology/surgery in living patients.
A: A retrosternal hematoma is the result (sequela) of some other injury to the chest, most commonly a fracture of the sternum. It is one of the sequelae of injury that has no code in the AIS dictionary.
A: No matter how many regions of the brain are involved in a penetrating injury if the brain stem is involved you code the injury as 140216.6 must have CT, MRI or other evidence
A: Code 340210.4 the vocal cord involvement raises the severity level of this injury
A: Because of the length of coma, the DAI is coded from the concussive section of the head chapter even though we know it is located at the corpus callosum. The coma is consistent for > 24 hours with the MRI appropriately done to confirm the diagnosis and reason for prolonged coma. Code: 161011.5
A: sadly the blood loss, although massive, cannot be attached to this injury specifically and laceration is the only available code. Code: 122402.4
A: 422008.3; the internal mammary artery is found under “other named arteries” in the chest; a transection is a major injury; even without blood loss information, major is the correct choice. Just a review of terms – in the dictionary the separator “;” means “or” so that each of the components listed under major is
A: KN refers to Drs. Knight and North who described a grading system for the type and amount of displacement of zygomatic fractures. The Knight North scale describes increasing severity from I to VI.
A: All injuries associated with a gunshot wound to the head are coded as one injury. In this case the correct code is 116004.5 (Penetrating Injury to Skull, major â€“ Whole Area) or 140692.5 (Penetrating Injury to Cerebrum > 2 cm deep) since we know it is in the temporal lobe. In the case of