ICD-10 Diagnosis Code W69.XXXA

Accidental drown while in natural water, init

Diagnosis Code W69.XXXA

ICD-10: W69.XXXA
Short Description: Accidental drown while in natural water, init
Long Description: Accidental drowning and submersion while in natural water, initial encounter
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code W69.XXXA

Valid for Submission
The code W69.XXXA is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • External causes of morbidity and mortality (V01–Y98)
    • Accidental non-transport drowning and submersion (W65-W74)
      • Accidental drowning and submersion while in natural water (W69)

Information for Medical Professionals

Present on Admission (POA) Additional informationCallout TooltipPresent on Admission
The Present on Admission (POA) indicator is used for diagnosis codes included in claims involving inpatient admissions to general acute care hospitals. POA indicators must be reported to CMS on each claim to facilitate the grouping of diagnoses codes into the proper Diagnostic Related Groups (DRG). CMS publishes a listing of specific diagnosis codes that are exempt from the POA reporting requirement.

The code W69.XXXA is exempt from POA reporting.

  • Accidental drowning and submersion while engaged in sport or recreational activity with diving equipment
  • Accidental drowning or immersion while fishing from shore, bank or fixed structure
  • Accidental drowning or near drowning while scuba diving
  • Accidental drowning or near drowning while skin diving
  • Drowning
  • Drowning
  • Drowning
  • Drowning in brackish water
  • Drowning in fresh water
  • Drowning in salt water

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 (Medical Encyclopedia)

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