Acquired Diagnosis / Complication
Acquired Diagnoses, also referred to as complications, are the most significant problems, surgical procedures or diagnostic procedures that happen to a patient after they physically arrive on the unit.
Acquired diagnoses are coded "in order of occurrence" on a ward/unit.
Coding for Acquireds/complications follow the general ICD10 collection instructions.
The Dx_Date is mandatory for Acquireds/complications.
onset not discovery
Acquired diagnoses do not refer to diagnoses that have been discovered after the patient comes to the unit if it is likely that the patient was admitted to ward with the problem in the first place but it took a few days to figure that out.
We don't repeat the diagnosis in the acquired section. For example if the admit diagnosis is CHF they get treated but relapse back into CHF we do not add that as a acquired complication. Exceptions:
- for procedures we can repeat them once as a complication. For example if the patient came in with a scope in the admit and then had 3 more scopes in the hospital you would enter it once as an acquired
- the same type of infection that was present on admission but with a different pathogen