Codes and caution for the dog days of summer

The pandemic has put a pause on some of summertime’s most beloved activities, but when it comes to health and safety, the season still has its hazards. As you head out to enjoy the warm weather, have fun, be careful, and keep the following ICD-10-CM codes in mind. You know what they say about an ounce of prevention…
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Clinical Terminology Codes
Clinical Terminology: T63.441A, Toxic effect of venom of bees
Toxic effect of venom of bees, accidental (unintentional), initial encounter – T63.441A

The sun is out and flowers are in bloom, so stop and smell the roses. Just don’t get stung in the process.

Sunburn, unspecified – L55.9

After a long winter and months of isolation due to COVID-19, we’re all ready to soak up a little sun. Be careful out there, though. It’s estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer, and sunburns increase your risk, so slather on the SPF 30 (or higher) before heading outside.

Clinical Terminology: L55.9, Sunburn
Clinical Terminology: Dehydration, E86.0
Dehydration – E86.0

Dehydration can be a real problem during the warmer months. If you’re out in the sun – especially if you’re active – drink plenty of water and look out for common symptoms, like dizziness and dry mouth.

Bitten by shark, initial encounter – W56.41XA

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water… A note of caution for our coastal friends: before you tempt fate, check out these tips on how to avoid shark attacks. (We’re starting with staying on the beach.)

Clinical Terminology: W56.41XA, Bitten by shark
Clinical Terminology: J45.909, Unspecified asthma
Unspecified asthma, uncomplicated – J45.909

Heat, humidity, pollution, and pollen can all exacerbate lung conditions like asthma. Knowing your triggers, having medication handy, and staying cool indoors can help keep asthma under control.

Allergic contact dermatitis due to plants, except food – L23.7

Exploring the great outdoors has its rewards – and its risks. In every US state (except Hawaii and Alaska), poison ivy is one of them. If you’re heading out for a hike, wear long sleeves, long pants, and know what to look for.

Clinical Terminology: L23.7, Allergic contact dermatitis due to plants
Clinical Terminology: Y93.G2, Grilling and smoking food as cause of injury
Activity, grilling and smoking food as cause of injury – Y93.G2

Fire. Smoke. Metal skewers. Propane. What could possibly go wrong? A lot, according to the National Fire Protection Agency. The group reports that an average of 19,700 patients go to emergency departments each year because of injuries associated with grills or barbecues.

Sprain of unspecified ligament of ankle, initial encounter – S93.40

Few things say ‘summer’ like sliding into a pair of flip flops, but beachgoers beware. Running, jumping, or dancing – really anything but walking – might leave you with an ankle injury that can kill your summer vibe.

Clinical Terminology: S93.40, Sprained ankles
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