ICD-10 Diagnosis Code Z16

Resistance to antimicrobial drugs

Diagnosis Code Z16

ICD-10: Z16
Short Description: Resistance to antimicrobial drugs
Long Description: Resistance to antimicrobial drugs
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code Z16

Code Classification
  • Factors influencing health status and contact with health services
    • Resistance to antimicrobial drugs (Z16)
      • Resistance to antimicrobial drugs (Z16)

Information for Medical Professionals

Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code Z16 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

Information for Patients

Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotics are medicines that fight bacterial infections. Used properly, they can save lives. But there is a growing problem of antibiotic resistance. It happens when bacteria change and become able to resist the effects of an antibiotic.

Using antibiotics can lead to resistance. Each time you take antibiotics, sensitive bacteria are killed. But resistant germs may be left to grow and multiply. They can spread to other people. They can also cause infections that certain antibiotics cannot cure. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is one example. It causes infections that are resistant to several common antibiotics.

To help prevent antibiotic resistance

  • Don't use antibiotics for viruses like colds or flu. Antibiotics don't work on viruses.
  • Don't pressure your doctor to give you an antibiotic.
  • When you take antibiotics, follow the directions carefully. Finish your medicine even if you feel better. If you stop treatment too soon, some bacteria may survive and re-infect you.
  • Don't save antibiotics for later or use someone else's prescription.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Vancomycin resistant enterococci

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