ICD-10 Diagnosis Code W16.021

Fall into swimming pool striking bottom causing drown

Diagnosis Code W16.021

ICD-10: W16.021
Short Description: Fall into swimming pool striking bottom causing drown
Long Description: Fall into swimming pool striking bottom causing drowning and submersion
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code W16.021

Code Classification
  • External causes of morbidity and mortality
    • Slipping, tripping, stumbling and falls (W00-W19)
      • Fall, jump or diving into water (W16)

Information for Medical Professionals

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Index of Diseases and Injuries
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Information for Patients


A fall can change your life. If you're elderly, it can lead to disability and a loss of independence. If your bones are fragile from osteoporosis, you could break a bone, often a hip. But aging alone doesn't make people fall. Diabetes and heart disease affect balance. So do problems with circulation, thyroid or nervous systems. Some medicines make people dizzy. Eye problems or alcohol can be factors. Any of these things can make a fall more likely. Babies and young children are also at risk of falling - off of furniture and down stairs, for example.

Falls and accidents seldom "just happen." Taking care of your health by exercising and getting regular eye exams and physicals may help reduce your chance of falling. Getting rid of tripping hazards in your home and wearing nonskid shoes may also help. To reduce the chances of breaking a bone if you do fall, make sure that you get enough calcium and vitamin D.

NIH: National Institute on Aging

  • After a fall in the hospital
  • Bathroom safety - adults
  • Exercises to help prevent falls
  • Preventing falls

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