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Inability to wean from respirator

  1. #1
    Default Inability to wean from respirator
    Clearnace Sale
    Pt underwent a paraesophageal hernia repair and then ultimately was not able to wean from the respirator so the physician did a tracheostomy. I am not sure what icd-9 would be appropriate for the tracheostomy.


  2. #2
    What about 518.5 - Pulmonary insufficiency following trauma and surgery
    Herbie W Lorona Jr., CPC, CPC-H

  3. #3
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    V46.11 - Dependence on respirator?

    Jerri, CPC

  4. #4
    V46.11 is a secondary diagnosis only

    Was the patiet on the respirator prior to the paraesophageal hernia repair?
    Herbie W Lorona Jr., CPC, CPC-H

  5. #5
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    You are correct, sir. Sorry.

    Jerri, CPC

  6. #6
    No, not on respirator prior to procedure.

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