Top 10 Diagnostic Codes

The Tenth version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10), a system created by the World Health Organization, gives healthcare professionals a standardized set of diagnostic "codes" to classify medical problems to help track diseases, as well as see trends in injuries.

They try to be very comprehensive. Here are the Top 10 we've found ...so far.

Remember, THESE ARE REAL diagnostic codes in ICD-10:

V97.33XD: Sucked into jet engine, subsequent encounter.

  • I can see it happening the first time, but to survive and have it happen again?! And subsequent encounters are a common theme in ICD-10:
  • W220.2XD: Walked into lamppost, subsequent encounter.

  • So common that you may as well make a macro to type it for you.
  • W61.62XD: Struck by duck, subsequent encounter.

  • That's just Daffy. And my favorite:
  • V91.07XD: Burn due to water-skis on fire, subsequent encounter.

  • (OK, OK: "subsequent encounter" really means the patient came back for a follow-up visit.) But that's not the only way, or place, you can get injured in the water:
  • Y92.146: Swimming-pool of prison as the place of occurrence of the external cause.

  • You! Out of the gene pool!
  • Z99.89: Dependence on enabling machines and devices, not elsewhere classified.

  • Hello smartphone/tablet addiction! (I'm assuming "vibrator" is "elsewhere classified"....)
  • W55.32XA: Struck by other hoof stock, initial encounter.

  • Yep: for when grandma gets run over by a reindeer.
  • Y23.1 Hunting rifle discharge, undetermined intent.

  • Created especially for Dick Cheney.
  • G44.82: Headache associated with sexual activity.

  • "Not tonight, dear: I have a G44.82."
  • V95.43XS: Spacecraft collision injuring occupant, sequela.

  • Sadly getting more common now that the Chinese are launching so many spacecraft. ("Sequela: A pathological condition resulting from a disease.")
  • And, as a Bonus, this goodie:

    R46.1: Bizarre personal appearance.

  • Please: see a doctor.

  • Posted January 12, 2015

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