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    Can you code for this in a Inpatient setting, in addition to your Inpatient E/M code. I'm saying this would be inclusive.
    But not 100% sure,just wanted to run this by the coding community.


    Brain death, Apnea exam:

    The patient has devastating bleed with herniation on the vent.
    Pupils fixed and dilated
    No corneal,light reflex
    No gag reflex, completely dependant on the vent for breathing.
    No sedatives

    Initial ABG
    PH: 7.40/43/133
    ABG at 2 minutes
    PH: 7.33/55/85
    ABG at 4 miniutes
    PH: 7.28/63/73.8
    ABG at 6 minutes
    PH: 7.25/71/73.4

    The patient remain apneic throughout.
    Apbea test confirmed brain death.

    The information was discussed with her family at bed side. Will extubate now.
    Last edited by daniel; 09-21-2010 at 01:46 PM.

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