Thursday, October 14, 2021

October Ouches

by Dianna Foley, RHIA, CHPS, CCS, CDIP

Test your ICD-10-CM coding skills with this Klutz family experience.

All the Klutz children were engaged in one of their favorite hobbies on a fine October Saturday afternoon at their single-family home.  Since these were the Klutz children, injuries were bound to occur, so let’s see what happened.

Egon was in the garage whittling a new toy for little Dana when he punctured his left index finger with his wood-carving chisel.

Peter was busy building a model airplane in his bedroom, and as he picked up one of the pieces which had a very jagged edge, he received a small laceration to his right thumb. 

Little Dana was set up with her Mommy and Me-Bake-Oven in the dining room.  As she was removing the tiny cake she’d baked under Mrs. Klutz’s supervision, she remembered to use the small oven mitt.  However, she was so excited about the cake, she put the hot pan on her left palm to show her mom.  Luckily, the result was only a first-degree burn which could be treated with care at home. 

Janine was busy in the driveway with her dad learning about car maintenance.  He was showing her how to change a tire, so she was using a lug wrench to remove the lug nuts, when it slipped out of her hands and fell on her right foot causing a contusion. 

Raymond was in the den placing the newest stamps for his collection on the stock paper for display, when he received a long, shallow laceration from the edge of the paper on his right palm.

Happily, after appropriate first-aid, the children were able to resume their activities without further injury, at least for now!

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