In a year where everything feels pretty terrifying, there’s something comforting about good old-fashioned Halloween horrors. What’s more, you can feel safe in all your spooky encounters knowing that whatever hauntings come your way, there’s a medical coding term to match.
Other wilderness area as the place of occurrence of the external cause – Y92.828
Was this code added before or after The Blair Witch Project came out? Asking for a friend…
Assault by sword or dagger – X99.2
Hopefully it was plastic?
Walked into lamppost, initial encounter – W22.02xA
The codes are there for you when that darned eye mask just won’t stay put.
Bizarre personal appearance – R46.1
We’re guessing that clinicians on the night shift get a lot of use out of this code every October 31.
Injury due to activity, sewing – Y93.D2
For when you just can’t bake any more bread and picked “DIY Halloween costume” as your next pandemic project.
Open bite of unspecified part of neck, initial encounter – S11.95xA
There’s always someone who takes their costume a little too seriously, and we’re lookin’ at you, “Dracula”.
Fear of blood – F40.230
Whether it’s the real deal or the fake syrup-ketchup mixture, rest assured that any blood phobias can integrate straight into your EHR’s medical problem list.
Nightmare disorder – F51.5
If non-stop horror movies have been keeping you awake all October, breathe easy knowing you’re about to get a reprieve for another year.
Allergic contact dermatitis due to cosmetics – L23.2
Because sensitive skin and a full mask of face paint sounds like a recipe for disaster.
Strange and inexplicable behavior – R46.2
Just when we thought things couldn’t get weirder, Halloween will probably prove us wrong with some head-turning spooky shenanigans.