ICD-10 Diagnosis Code Y38.5

Terrorism involving nuclear weapons

Diagnosis Code Y38.5

ICD-10: Y38.5
Short Description: Terrorism involving nuclear weapons
Long Description: Terrorism involving nuclear weapons
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code Y38.5

Code Classification
  • External causes of morbidity and mortality
    • Legal intervention, operations of war, military operations, and terrorism (Y35-Y38)
      • Terrorism (Y38)

Information for Medical Professionals

Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code Y38.5 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

Information for Patients

Radiation Emergencies

Radiation is a type of energy. People are exposed to small amounts of radiation every day from sources such as sunlight. A radiation emergency would involve larger amounts of radiation and could be caused by

  • Dirty bombs - a mix of explosives with radioactive powder
  • Fallout from a nuclear bomb
  • Accidental release from a nuclear reactor or a nuclear weapons plant

A lot of radiation over a short period can cause burns or radiation sickness. If the exposure is large enough, it can cause premature aging or even death.

Although there are no guarantees of safety during a radiation emergency, you can take actions to protect yourself. You should have a disaster plan. Being prepared can help reduce fear, anxiety and losses. If you do experience a disaster, it is normal to feel stressed. You may need help in finding ways to cope.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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