A: The sigmoid is part of the colon and therefore coded to the “colon” in the abdomen chapter. A perforation is identified. The injury should not be coded any more severely just because the sigmoid was resected. Code:540824.3
A: A tempreature of 90.1F is equivalent to a temperature of 32.3 C and therefore meets criteria for the hypothermia code 010004.2; this is not induced for medical treatment but rather from exposure and is included as an injury.
A: There is not enough information to determine the degree of articular involvement; therefore fibula nfs must be used according to the rule box Code: 854441.2
A: 545610.1; although the injury appears to be a skin contusion, the vulva is part of the abdomen and is coded there. It is also coded to the abdomen for the ISS.
A: 251231.2; The lamina papyracea is the medial wall of the orbit.
A: If there is no documentation of injury to the heart muscle the correct code is 441605.4. An injury to the heart would be coded additionally.
A: This is really two injuries. The bimalleolar fracture is coded 854441.2 since the exact location of the fracture is not known (see the rule box at the top of page 151 in AIS 2005 Update 2008). The dislocation is also coded. In this case (since no other information is given) the code is 877130.2.
A: In the AIS 2005, Update 2008 we clarified coding of the temporal artery in FACE. 220200.1 now reads “External carotid artery branch(es) laceration NFS [includes facial, temporal, and internal maxillary]. The two codes indented under that code apply as well.
A: Asphyxia codes are now available in AIS 2005, located in the Other Trauma section. Since we have no information as to neurological deficit, the correct code to use is 020000.3. There are also codes in the Head chapter for “hypoxic or ischemic brain damage secondary to systemic hypoxemia, hypotension or shock” but these codes
A: Bilateral fractures should be entered two times, coding right and left sides separately. The clarification can be made in the written description in the registry, indicating ‘right’ or ‘left’. In AIS 98 there is some opportunity to describe where on the bone the fracture occurs, so there may also e some difference in the