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Central Venous Line Placement complication,E-code

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    Pt presented with infected central venous line, what would be the code for external cause of infection , which is more appropriate code to use, would it be under :E878 "Surgical operation and other surgical procedures as the cause of abnormal reaction of patient or of later complication without mention of misadventure at the time of operation " or E879 "Other procedures without mention of misadventure at the time of procedure as the cause of abnormal reaction of patient or of later complication"?

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    Frederick, MD
    999.31 - Other and unspecified infection due to central venous catheter.

    I wouldn't use an E code if I could help it.
    Always Seeking

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    I already coded 999.31, since its a complication code it requires to add an E-code to specify the cause. Would be the central venous line placement considered as a surgical operation(E878.8) or as other procedure (E879.8)?

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