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    Question Blister debridement

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    I have a pt who had a sunburn and the PA did debridement of some of the blisters. I am unsure how to code this. I was going to use dx 692.71 and procedure 16000. I am unsure of this. Could someone give me some feedback on whether this is correct or not?


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    Default Not a first -degree burn

    I'm not certain because I haven't seen the documentation ... BUT ...

    I don't think this is a first-degree burn if debridement of blisters was required.
    Look at 16020-16030, depending on extent of burn.

    I think your Dx will be in the 94x.x area depending on location (e.g. upper limb, except wrist & hand would be 943.2x) Plus E926.2 (to show that the injury resulted from sunburn)

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    North Carolina


    I agree with Tessa.

    If the burn was 1st degree- minor treatment -I would assign 16000 with diagnosis code 692.71

    Since the burn required debridement, I would assign 16020-16030 with the appropriate dx.
    Last edited by RebeccaWoodward*; 08-13-2009 at 04:07 PM.

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    Thank you all very much for your help!!!

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