ICD-10 Diagnosis Code L89

Pressure ulcer

Diagnosis Code L89

ICD-10: L89
Short Description: Pressure ulcer
Long Description: Pressure ulcer
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code L89

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Code Classification
  • Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L00–L99)
    • Other disorders of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L80-L99)
      • Pressure ulcer (L89)

Information for Medical Professionals

Information for Patients

Pressure Sores

Also called: Bed sores, Decubitus ulcers, Pressure ulcers

Pressure sores are areas of damaged skin caused by staying in one position for too long. They commonly form where your bones are close to your skin, such as your ankles, back, elbows, heels and hips. You are at risk if you are bedridden, use a wheelchair, or are unable to change your position. Pressure sores can cause serious infections, some of which are life-threatening. They can be a problem for people in nursing homes.

You can prevent the sores by

  • Keeping skin clean and dry
  • Changing position every two hours
  • Using pillows and products that relieve pressure

Pressure sores have a variety of treatments. Advanced sores are slow to heal, so early treatment is best.

  • How to care for pressure sores (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Preventing pressure ulcers (Medical Encyclopedia)

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