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    Default Burn Care & TBS

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    If my physician debrided an area on the chest wall 2.5 by 3.2cm. What percentage of TBS if this.

    I thought it would be 18% no matter what size on the chest?

    Any thoughts on this please,

    Thank you

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    Default Physician must specify

    The physician must specify the TBSA for burn cares on EACH note. I don't know the size of the patient so I don't know what % 2.5 x 3.2 is for THAT patient (it would be different for an adult vs a toddler).

    Also, there MAY be two different TBSA documented on one note.
    For example, patient with second & third degree burns 35% TBSA, taken to OR today for debridement of left arm (8% TBSA).

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
    Last edited by FTessaBartels; 12-13-2011 at 11:33 AM.

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