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In the absence of drama during the switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10, there has been ample entertainment provided from some of the new diagnostic codes.
“You can’t help but laugh when you look at some of these ICD-10 codes,” says Aaron Gray, MD, who occasionally tweets his favorite oddball codes from @MizzouSportsDoc. “There are just some crazy things in there. I would have loved to have been in the boardroom where someone proposed the code for getting sucked up into an airplane.”
In case you’re wondering, the code for being sucked into a jet engine is V97.33XA.
And you guessed it, there’s even one for a subsequent jet engine incident (V97.33XD).
But the fun doesn’t stop there.
There’s a code for the time my youngest sister got a Lifesaver Mini stuck in her nose (S00.35XA).
There’s a code for the injury your uncle sustained in your family’s annual touch football game on Thanksgiving Day (Y93.62).
There’s a code for the problems that developed between you and your in-laws during the holiday season (Z63.1).
There’s a code for the cabin fever you have from being stuck indoors too long this winter (R45.1) and for that burn you sustained from your electric blanket (X16.XXXA) while trying to stay warm.
There’s a code for an injury sustained at the library (Y92.241) or bizarre personal appearance (Y93.D1) or low self esteem (R4581).
There’s even an assortment of codes for bites from animals, including a cow (W55.21XA), a turtle (W59.21XA), an alligator (W58.01XA) and Punxsutawney Phil (W53.81XA).
“ICD-10 has been the butt of many jokes, and it probably deserves to be because it can be quite humorous,” Gray says.
Unfortunately, there still isn’t a code for an ICD-10 induced laughing fit. Unless you were laughing so hard you walked into a wall, in that case, there’s a code for you (W22.01XA).