ICD-10-PCS Section: 2 - Placement

Placement

The seven characters in the placement section have the following meaning:

  • Character 1 = Section
  • Character 2 = Anatomical Region
  • Character 3 = Root Operation
  • Character 4 = Body Region/Orifice
  • Character 5 = Approach
  • Character 6 = Device
  • Character 7 = Qualifier

Placement section codes represent procedures for putting an externally placed device in or on a body region for the purpose of protection, immobilization, stretching, compression or packing. Placement procedure codes have a first character value of "2". The second character value for body system is either anatomical regions or anatomical orifices. The root operations Change and Removal are contained in the placement section, and have the same meaning as in the medical and surgical section. The placement section also includes five additional root operations, defined as follows:

  • Compression: Putting pressure on a body region
  • Dressing: Putting material on a body region for protection
  • Immobilization: Limiting or preventing motion of a body region
  • Packing: Putting material in a body region or orifice
  • Traction: Exerting a pulling force on a body region in a distal direction

The fourth character values are either body regions (e.g., upper leg) or natural orifices (e.g., ear). Since all placement procedures are performed directly on the skin or mucous membrane, or performed indirectly by the application of external force through the skin or mucous membrane, the approach value is always External.

The device character is always specified (except in the case of manual traction) and indicates the device placed during the procedure (e.g., cast, splint, bandage, etc.). Except for casts for fractures and dislocations, devices in the placement section are off the shelf and do not require any extensive design, fabrication or fitting. Placement of devices that require extensive design, fabrication or fitting are coded in the rehabilitation section. The qualifier character is not specified in the placement section; thus the qualifier value is always No Qualifier.

2W - Anatomical Regions

ICD-10-PCSDescription
2W0 - ChangeTaking out or off a device from a body part and putting back an identical or similar device in or on the same body part without cutting or puncturing the skin or a mucous membrane
2W1 - CompressionPutting pressure on a body region
2W2 - DressingPutting material on a body region for protection
2W3 - ImmobilizationLimiting or preventing motion of a body region
2W4 - PackingPutting material in a body region or orifice
2W5 - RemovalTaking out or off a device from a body part
2W6 - TractionExerting a pulling force on a body region in a distal direction

2Y - Anatomical Orifices

ICD-10-PCSDescription
2Y0 - ChangeTaking out or off a device from a body part and putting back an identical or similar device in or on the same body part without cutting or puncturing the skin or a mucous membrane
2Y4 - PackingPutting material in a body region or orifice
2Y5 - RemovalTaking out or off a device from a body part