A41 - Other sepsis

Version 2023
Short Description:Other sepsis
Long Description:Other sepsis
Status: Not Valid for Submission
Version:ICD-10-CM 2023
Code Classification:
  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00–B99)
    • Other bacterial diseases (A30-A49)
      • Other sepsis (A41)

A41 is a non-specific and non-billable ICD-10 code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other sepsis. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2023 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.

Clinical Information

Specific Coding for Other sepsis

Non-specific codes like A41 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for other sepsis:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - A41.0 for Sepsis due to Staphylococcus aureus
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A41.01 for Sepsis due to Methicillin susceptible Staphylococcus aureus
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A41.02 for Sepsis due to Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A41.1 for Sepsis due to other specified staphylococcus
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A41.2 for Sepsis due to unspecified staphylococcus
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A41.3 for Sepsis due to Hemophilus influenzae
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A41.4 for Sepsis due to anaerobes
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - A41.5 for Sepsis due to other Gram-negative organisms
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A41.50 for Gram-negative sepsis, unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A41.51 for Sepsis due to Escherichia coli [E. coli]
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A41.52 for Sepsis due to Pseudomonas
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A41.53 for Sepsis due to Serratia
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A41.59 for Other Gram-negative sepsis
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - A41.8 for Other specified sepsis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A41.81 for Sepsis due to Enterococcus
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A41.89 for Other specified sepsis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A41.9 for Sepsis, unspecified organism

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with coding notes and guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to this diagnosis code:

Code First

Code First
Certain conditions have both an underlying etiology and multiple body system manifestations due to the underlying etiology. For such conditions, the ICD-10-CM has a coding convention that requires the underlying condition be sequenced first followed by the manifestation. Wherever such a combination exists, there is a "use additional code" note at the etiology code, and a "code first" note at the manifestation code. These instructional notes indicate the proper sequencing order of the codes, etiology followed by manifestation.

Type 1 Excludes

Type 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.

Type 2 Excludes

Type 2 Excludes
A type 2 excludes note represents "Not included here". An excludes2 note indicates that the condition excluded is not part of the condition represented by the code, but a patient may have both conditions at the same time. When an Excludes2 note appears under a code, it is acceptable to use both the code and the excluded code together, when appropriate.

Patient Education


What is sepsis?

Sepsis is your body's overactive and extreme response to an infection. Sepsis is a life-threatening medical emergency. Without quick treatment, it can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and even death.

What causes sepsis?

Sepsis happens when an infection you already have triggers a chain reaction throughout your body. Bacterial infections are the most common cause, but other types of infections can also cause it.

The infections are often in the lungs, stomach, kidneys, or bladder. It's possible for sepsis to begin with a small cut that gets infected or with an infection that develops after surgery. Sometimes, sepsis can occur in people who didn't even know that they had an infection.

Who is at risk for sepsis?

Anyone with an infection could get sepsis. But certain people are at higher risk:

What are the symptoms of sepsis?

Sepsis can cause one or more of these symptoms:

It's important to get medical care right away if you think you might have sepsis or if your infection is not getting better or is getting worse.

What other problems can sepsis cause?

Severe cases of sepsis can lead to septic shock, where your blood pressure drops to a dangerous level and multiple organs can fail.

How is sepsis diagnosed?

Your health care provider may use many tools to make a diagnosis:

Many of the signs and symptoms of sepsis can also be caused by other medical conditions. This may make sepsis hard to diagnose in its early stages.

What are the treatments for sepsis?

It is very important to get treatment right away. Treatment usually includes:

In serious cases, you might need kidney dialysis or a breathing tube. Some people need surgery to remove tissue damaged by the infection.

Can sepsis be prevented?

To prevent sepsis, you should try to prevent getting an infection:

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