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Ten ICD-10 Codes for Winter


Jack frost still nipping at your nose? I’ve got some bad news for you. Today is Groundhog Day, and unfortunately the little guy saw his shadow and we can expect 6 more weeks of winter (no, seriously the Weather Channel reported on this).


So we’re in for a tricky time, and we hope you’re staying safe. In the spirit of hunkering down for more winter, here are some funny— and some serious— ICD-10 codes that some may experience this winter.



  • V98.2XXD Accident to, on or involving ice yacht, subsequent encounter


If you keep going after your first ice yachting accident (because you’re just a daredevil like that) — this subsequent encounter code will be there for you.







  • T34 – Frostbite with tissue necrosis


This is a serious one. This season brought severe winter storms with some parts of the country experiencing minus-20 and minus-25 degrees weather. In, such conditions exposed skin can develop frostbite in as little as 10 minutes…




  • J09 –  Influenza due to certain identified influenza viruses


It’s flu season, so you or someone you know has probably been affected by this virus. Time to dust off that J09 code.







  • X36.1XXD- Avalanche, landslide, or mudslide, subsequent encounter


Just in case you’ve been through not just one avalanche – but two.

Maybe you’re unlucky? Or maybe you enjoy the thrill of outpacing a fast moving mountain of snow?





  • V00.212A- Ice-skater colliding with stationary object, initial encounter


Ice skating can be a risky business especially for first-timers (we’re speaking from personal experience). You’re gliding along fine, and then all of a sudden your balance is gone and you’ve collided with a stationary object.






  • W21.210A- Struck by ice hockey stick, initial encounter


Hockey is a notoriously physical game. With fast-paced action and big personalities, is it possible to not get struck by a hockey stick?









  • X31- Exposure to excessive natural cold, initial encounter


You don’t have to get frostbite to get hurt in the cold. Hypothermia is also a real possibility. Stay warm!








  • Y93.23 – Activity, snow (alpine) (downhill) skiing, snowboarding, sledding, tobogganing and snow tubing


Sledding and end up on a precipice? Fly off your toboggan into a snow mound? Covered. Snow tube into your garage door? All set.









  • W00.1XXA – Fall from stairs and steps due to ice and snow, initial encounter


This one is frighteningly common, and in all seriousness, take care in the winter season to watch out for slips, falls and stumbles due to ice. Every year thousands of Americans are injured walking on icy or snowy surfaces.








  • V00.322D – Snow-skier colliding with stationary object, subsequent encounter


Chronically clumsy? Probably shouldn’t be skiing? 


Stay warm, stay safe, and brush up on your ICD codes. There’s lots to learn!

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