Template:ICD10 Guideline Iatrogenic

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Explanation of use of iatrogenic codes



Iatrogenic injuries

Iatrogenic Infection

Regarding Attribution and Identification of Surgical Wound Infections

  • Note that these iatrogenic infections are attributed to the perioperative care for 30 days --- and for ONE WHOLE YEAR if related to an implanted device left in place
  • Our reference for this is this (specifically pages 9-10 to 9-14), and describes 4 entities:
    • SUPERFICIAL INCISIONAL SURGICAL SITE INFECTION
    • DEEP INCISIONAL SURGICAL SITE INFECTION
    • ORGAN/SPACE SURGICAL SITE INFECTION -- without an implanted device left in place
    • ORGAN/SPACE SURGICAL SITE INFECTION -- with an implanted device left in place
  • For your purposes of whether such an infection is considered a Admit Diagnosis versus Acquired Diagnosis, use the timing rules as above
    • Here is an unusual consequence of this rule for surgical wound infections: Patient has a hip prosthesis put in 8 months ago. Admitted 1 month ago with pneumonia, and today is recognized to have an infection of that hip prosthesis. Despite the fact that the hip infection "seems" to have occurred well after this hospital admission, by the CDC rule it is actually a ORGAN/SPACE SURGICAL SITE INFECTION, and therefore it is attributed to the surgery one year ago, and so you should code it as a Admit Diagnosis even though the recognition of it was delayed for a whole month while in hospital.