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Accidental Needle Stick

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    We have a provider that received a needle stick at our local prison. We are sending out labs on the prisoner. How do we code the prisoner? He was not exposed but our provider was.

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    If you type "puncture wound" into 3M it will lead to 883.0 (open wound of fingers, without complication). A puncture from a needle is still making an open wound as it is puncturing through the skin. I code 883.0 with the correct E-codes and if it is stated the person was exposed to body fluids I also code V15.85.

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    What are the Codes for Non-Accidental Body Trauma?

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    Elvira

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    We do blood work for our local prison. How do I code the bloodwork for the prisoner that was being treated when the incident occured? We are checking his history for HIV, HEP etc...

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    V15.85 is a personal history code

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snflwr81 View Post
    If you type "puncture wound" into 3M it will lead to 883.0 (open wound of fingers, without complication). A puncture from a needle is still making an open wound as it is puncturing through the skin. I code 883.0 with the correct E-codes and if it is stated the person was exposed to body fluids I also code V15.85.
    I agree with you with this but unless you're sure it was a puncture vs a scratch unless you saw how it happened you'd have to take the word of the complainant.

    Now in my case I'd request a check as if it was a puncture wound rather than a scratch as I want to be very sure nothing happened. So in my opinion I'd be over cautious.

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