ICD-10 Diagnosis Code S40.879

Other superficial bite of unspecified upper arm

Diagnosis Code S40.879

ICD-10: S40.879
Short Description: Other superficial bite of unspecified upper arm
Long Description: Other superficial bite of unspecified upper arm
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code S40.879

Code Classification
  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes
    • Injuries to the shoulder and upper arm (S40-S49)
      • Superficial injury of shoulder and upper arm (S40)

Information for Patients

Animal Bites

Also called: Cat bites, Dog bites

Wild animals usually avoid people. They might attack, however, if they feel threatened, are sick, or are protecting their young or territory. Attacks by pets are more common. Animal bites rarely are life-threatening, but if they become infected, you can develop serious medical problems.

To prevent animal bites and complications from bites

  • Never pet, handle, or feed unknown animals
  • Leave snakes alone
  • Watch your children closely around animals
  • Vaccinate your cats, ferrets, and dogs against rabies
  • Spay or neuter your dog to make it less aggressive
  • Get a tetanus booster if you have not had one recently
  • Wear boots and long pants when you are in areas with venomous snakes

If an animal bites you, clean the wound with soap and water as soon as possible. Get medical attention if necessary.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Animal bites -- self-care
  • Jellyfish stings
  • Marine animal stings or bites
  • Snake bites

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