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    Default Intubation for airway protection?

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    Is there an ICD-9 code for a patient needing airway protection for a diagnostic procedure (eg EGD)? The admitting dx is "abd pain".

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    Default Intubation for airway protection

    I'm afraid you'll need a reason for the need for airway protection.

    Does the patient have some kind of respiratory insufficiency? Respiratory distress? COPD?

    You might be able to find what you need as a 2ndary Dx in the anesthesiologist's H&P.

    Leslie Johnson, CPC


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