Coding I & D of gangrene

  1. I have a patient who required emergency I & D in the OR for Fournier's Gangrene of the scrotum. The RAI notes that Surgical debridement of a PRESSURE ULCER should not be coded as a surgical wound but does not mention any other type of wound in the same regard. It is draining and requires packing. Would you code this a surgical wound?
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  3. by   Talino
    Suffice it to say, if it's not a pressure ulcer, any debridement of a necrotic tissue from whatever cause is a surgical wound.