ICD-10 Diagnosis Code W16.41XA

Fall into unsp water causing drowning and submersion, init

Diagnosis Code W16.41XA

ICD-10: W16.41XA
Short Description: Fall into unsp water causing drowning and submersion, init
Long Description: Fall into unspecified water causing drowning and submersion, initial encounter
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code W16.41XA

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

Information for Patients


People drown when they get too much water in their lungs. You can drown in as little as an inch or two of water. Babies can drown in a sink or bathtub. Preschoolers are most likely to drown in a swimming pool. People who have seizure disorders are also at risk in the water. Drowning can happen quickly and silently.

Drowning precautions should include

  • Fences around pools
  • Supervising children near any body of water, including tubs
  • Not swimming or boating when under the influence of alcohol or sedatives
  • Wearing life jackets when boating
  • Learning CPR

  • Near drowning

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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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