ICD-10 coding relies on documenting stage, location, and sometimes laterality. Decubitus ulcers — also known as bedsores or pressure ulcers — develop as a result of compromised circulation to tissues of the skin. For example, when a patient stays in one position too long, the weight of the bones against the skin inhibits circulation and ...
In Coding
Jun 13th, 2016
Codes for pressure ulcers and non-pressure chronic ulcers are located in ICD-10-CM chapter 12, Disease of the skin and subcutaneous tissue. The concept of laterality (e.g., left or right) is introduced, and should be included in the clinical documentation for skin ulcers. ICD-10-CM codes for Pressure ulcers, located in Category L89, are combination codes that ...