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How would you code this with the hand?

  1. Smile How would you code this with the hand?
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    S: Pt presents at this time after hooking his hand on a wheelbarrow. It caught the webbing between his thumb and first finger. He believes that this happened 3-4 days ago. It is now getting red and swollen and is oozing a little bit of serosanguineous fluid.
    O: There is an irregular previous laceration in the webspace between thumb and first finger and it is now erythematous and puffy. It is draining a little serosanguineous fluid but nothing purulent. Erythema extends to the dorsum of his hand somewhat.
    P: We will treat now with Duricef 500 mg b.i.d. for 10 days. Bactroban ointment to be applied after soaking in Epsom Salt and cleansing well with Hibiclens. Patient is to keep it up and elevated as much as possible. We will recheck it in a week. Patient does have a history of CLL and does not remember his last tetanus shot so Tdap is given at this time. Patient is to watch for any progression of erythema or swelling. F/u sooner if having more trouble. He denies any fevers at this time.

    Thank you

  2. Default coding
    I coded it as 914.9, E918, E849.0.....
    but QA says no...

    What do you think?

  3. Default infection
    Do they want to see wound open hand complicated?

  4. Default code
    QA said it should have been 882.1

  5. #5
    This meets the complicated wound description of delayed treatment, delayed healing or infection. A foreign body in an open wound also is coded as a complicated wound.

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