ICD-9 Diagnosis Code E953.1

Injury-suff w plas bag

Diagnosis Code E953.1

ICD-9: E953.1
Short Description: Injury-suff w plas bag
Long Description: Suicide and self-inflicted injury by suffocation by plastic bag
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code E953.1

Code Classification
  • External causes of injury
    • Suicide and self-inflicted injury (E950-E959)
      • E953 Suicide and self-inflicted injury by hanging, strangulation, and suffocation

Information for Patients


Self-harm refers to a person's harming their own body on purpose. About 1 in 100 people hurts himself or herself in this way. More females hurt themselves than males. A person who self-harms usually does not mean to kill himself or herself. But they are at higher risk of attempting suicide if they do not get help.

Self-harm tends to begin in teen or early adult years. Some people may engage in self-harm a few times and then stop. Others engage in it more often and have trouble stopping.

Examples of self-harm include

  • Cutting yourself (such as using a razor blade, knife, or other sharp object to cut the skin)
  • Punching yourself or punching things (like a wall)
  • Burning yourself with cigarettes, matches, or candles
  • Pulling out your hair
  • Poking objects through body openings
  • Breaking your bones or bruising yourself

Many people cut themselves because it gives them a sense of relief. Some people use cutting as a means to cope with a problem. Some teens say that when they hurt themselves, they are trying to stop feeling lonely, angry, or hopeless.

It is possible to overcome the urge to hurt yourself. There are other ways to find relief and cope with your emotions. Counseling may help.

Dept. of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health

  • Trichotillomania

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Suicide is the tenth most common cause of death in the United States. People may consider suicide when they are hopeless and can't see any other solution to their problems. Often it's related to serious depression, alcohol or substance abuse, or a major stressful event.

People who have the highest risk of suicide are white men. But women and teens report more suicide attempts. If someone talks about suicide, you should take it seriously. Urge them to get help from their doctor or the emergency room, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). It is available 24/7.

Therapy and medicines can help most people who have suicidal thoughts. Treating mental illnesses and substance abuse can reduce the risk of suicide.

NIH: National Institute of Mental Health

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
  • Suicide and suicidal behavior
  • Understanding Suicide (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

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