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Thread: Anyone good with burn codes?- Split Thickness Skin Graft.

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    Question Anyone good with burn codes?- Split Thickness Skin Graft.

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    PREOPERATIVE DIAGNOSIS: Deep burn, right foot.

    POSTOPERATIVE DIAGNOSIS: Deep burn, right foot.

    1. A 150 cm2 split-thickness skin graft, right foot.
    2. Tangential incision of burn eschar, right foot, with 150 cm2.

    FINDINGS: Deep partial-thickness burn that would take too long to heal. It was
    starting to show some signs of healing, but would probably take several weeks
    and have risk of infection and scarring. Decision has been made to proceed with


    DESCRIPTION OF PROCEDURE: The patient was taken to the operating room where
    general anesthesia was induced. Her right foot and thigh were sterilely prepped
    and draped.

    A Goulian knife with an 8 guard was readied and the burn was excised with the
    knife after the tourniquet was inflated to 275. Once I was satisfied that I got
    fresh wound bed for grafting, I covered it with epinephrine and saline soaked
    sponges and turned to the right thigh. An appropriate sized piece of skin was
    taken with the dermatome set at 12 thousandths. The skin was then returned to
    the foot, and after hemostasis was obtained with local anesthetic injection
    containing epinephrine in both the donor site and the foot, the skin graft was
    lain down over the defect and sutured in place with running 5-0 Monocryl suture
    around the edge and some interrupted in the middle. It was pie crusted in
    scattered areas for drainage. Hemostasis was good at the end. It was covered
    with Xeroform and wound VAC. The donor site was dressed with an OpSite. The
    patient was then awakened, extubated, and taken to the recovery room in stable
    condition. The entire procedure was well tolerated.

    What I was thinking:

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    You would not code the donor site (thigh) only the site that is being excised and grafting. So the codes would be 15004,15005,15120,15121.

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    Thank you. So we are in agreement.

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