ICD-10 Diagnosis Code W74.XXXD

Unsp cause of accidental drowning and submersion, subs

Diagnosis Code W74.XXXD

ICD-10: W74.XXXD
Short Description: Unsp cause of accidental drowning and submersion, subs
Long Description: Unspecified cause of accidental drowning and submersion, subsequent encounter
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code W74.XXXD

Valid for Submission
The code W74.XXXD 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)
      • Unspecified cause of accidental drowning and submersion (W74)

Information for Medical Professionals

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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 W74.XXXD is exempt from POA reporting.

  • Accident caused by immersion, suffocation, foreign body
  • Accidental drowning and submersion
  • Accidental drowning or immersion during rescue attempt person
  • Accidental drowning or immersion in course of work
  • Cardiac arrest due to drowning
  • Drowning
  • Dry drowning
  • Immersion
  • Recreation submersion accident
  • Submersion - accidental

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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