ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 949.1

1st degree burn NOS

Diagnosis Code 949.1

ICD-9: 949.1
Short Description: 1st degree burn NOS
Long Description: Erythema [first degree], unspecified site
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 949.1

Code Classification
  • Injury and poisoning
    • Burns (940-949)
      • 949 Burn, unspecified

Information for Medical Professionals

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Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code 949.1 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

    • Burn (acid) (cathode ray) (caustic) (chemical) (electric heating appliance) (electricity) (fire) (flame) (hot liquid or object) (irradiation) (lime) (radiation) (steam) (thermal) (x-ray) 949.0
      • unspecified site (multiple) 949.0
        • first degree 949.1

Information for Patients


A burn is damage to your body's tissues caused by heat, chemicals, electricity, sunlight or radiation. Scalds from hot liquids and steam, building fires and flammable liquids and gases are the most common causes of burns. Another kind is an inhalation injury, caused by breathing smoke.

There are three types of burns:

  • First-degree burns damage only the outer layer of skin
  • Second-degree burns damage the outer layer and the layer underneath
  • Third-degree burns damage or destroy the deepest layer of skin and tissues underneath

Burns can cause swelling, blistering, scarring and, in serious cases, shock and even death. They also can lead to infections because they damage your skin's protective barrier. Treatment for burns depends on the cause of the burn, how deep it is, and how much of the body it covers. Antibiotic creams can prevent or treat infections. For more serious burns, treatment may be needed to clean the wound, replace the skin, and make sure the patient has enough fluids and nutrition.

NIH: National Institute of General Medical Sciences

  • Burns
  • Chemical burn or reaction
  • Minor burns - aftercare
  • Skin graft

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