Yes, I admit that it is a confusing and complex issue for code assignment.
The word NEC as we understand are the ones other than those codes, which are site specific/injury/ procedural/ type/system specific etc.
I would like to bear in mind first two major classification of wounds: 1) traumatic 2) post operative and/ or post procedural wound complications.
Infection is one of the complications of wound, which has been mostly addressed in code assigments, in their sites/procedures like stuff.
There are other factors also to be kept in mind like the site of the wound, type of trauma, type of surgery or procedure done, upon which the infection or complication has befallen.
In general, (NEC) any wound of trauma origin, with infection is “post traumatic infected” wound- If you do not find a code in the particular site , then it merits to 958.3.If a wound is healed already , then it is not a wound. If the open wound is complicated with delayed healing/with a foreign body or implant/infection – wound open, with the particular site and – from the Index, select the main and subterm ,it is vast .
If post procedural complication with infection- 998.59; If complications of obstetrical surgical wounds- 674.3x..
This particular topic needs to be researched by the person who gets the challenge with all the available factors in the documentation.
Does this give some clue?!
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