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A little ICD-10 humor, especially for outpatient nurses

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Elvish said:
R46.1 Bizarre personal appearance

What I want to know is, why you gotta make a code for that? Why can't a brother just be himself?

My brother temporarily had this Dx in the late 80s

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audreysmagic has 15 years experience as a RN and specializes in Psych, Peds, Education, Infection Control.

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I have a theory that half the ICD-10 codes exist because someone took the complaints that sometimes there just wasn't a specific enough code for a situation, got a little too passive-aggressive, and sat down and wrote ALL THE CODES. For everything, ever.

I'm a little in awe that someone got paid for this. Multiple someones.

A little annoyed it wasn't me.

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audreysmagic has 15 years experience as a RN and specializes in Psych, Peds, Education, Infection Control.

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I showed a coworker here in Admitting at our hospital some of my personal favorite ICD-10 codes and she was 100% convinced it was a humor website.

I don't have the link handy, but Google "Struck by Orca" in conjunction with "ICD-10" and there's an amazing group of artists who have illustrated some of the more bizarre codes.

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There are more:

R46.0 very low level of personal hygiene (take a shower)

Z59.2 Discord with neighbors, lodgers, and landlord (play nicely people)

Y92.72 Chicken coop as place of occurrence of external cause (of what, chicken peck injury?)

Z56.4 Discord with boss and workmates

W21.12X Struck by tennis racket (?)

F40.233 Fear of injury (can we say "normal"?) Too funny!

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R46.1 Bizarre personal appearance

What I want to know is, why you gotta make a code for that? Why can't a brother just be himself?

Me and the office girls were looking at the new codes. When we got to this one we wondered when Lady Gaga was coming to town.

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Me and the office girls were looking at the new codes. When we got to this one we wondered when Lady Gaga was coming to town.

:)

Well maybe she contracted an infection from her raw meat outfit? Lol. Bizarre and potentially dangerous.

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sailornurse has 39 years experience and specializes in ER/Tele, Med-Surg, Faculty, Urgent Care.

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Well I worked urgent care this past Sunday.

Had to find the codes for "contact with lawn mower, powered, initial encounter" vs non powered

And for "fell off skateboard,"

Yesterday it was: tripped over hose while pumping gas, I could not find one specific to that, I'm sure it is not the first time someone tried to jump over the gasoline hose. Good thing we have in-house biller/coder.

At allergy clinic: ethanol induced urticaria, no ICD 10 for this but there was for solar induced urticaria & for hot/cold induced urticaria which this pt had all 3.

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