ICD-10-CM Code A41.5

Sepsis due to other Gram-negative organisms

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

A41.5 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of sepsis due to other gram-negative organisms. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:A41.5
Short Description:Sepsis due to other Gram-negative organisms
Long Description:Sepsis due to other Gram-negative organisms

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • A41.50 - Gram-negative sepsis, unspecified
  • A41.51 - Sepsis due to Escherichia coli [E. coli]
  • A41.52 - Sepsis due to Pseudomonas
  • A41.53 - Sepsis due to Serratia
  • A41.59 - Other Gram-negative sepsis

Index to Diseases and Injuries

The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code A41.5 are found in the index:


Code Classification

  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00–B99)
    • Other bacterial diseases (A30-A49)
      • Other sepsis (A41)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020

Information for Patients


Sepsis

Sepsis is a serious illness. It happens when your body has an overwhelming immune response to a bacterial infection. The chemicals released into the blood to fight the infection trigger widespread inflammation. This leads to blood clots and leaky blood vessels. They cause poor blood flow, which deprives your body's organs of nutrients and oxygen. In severe cases, one or more organs fail. In the worst cases, blood pressure drops and the heart weakens, leading to septic shock.

Anyone can get sepsis, but the risk is higher in

  • People with weakened immune systems
  • Infants and children
  • Adults 65 and older
  • People with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, AIDS, cancer, and kidney or liver disease
  • People suffering from a severe burn or physical trauma

Common symptoms of sepsis are fever, chills, rapid breathing and heart rate, rash, confusion, and disorientation. Doctors diagnose sepsis using a blood test to see if the number of white blood cells is abnormal. They also do lab tests that check for signs of infection.

People with sepsis are usually treated in hospital intensive care units. Doctors try to treat the infection, sustain the vital organs, and prevent a drop in blood pressure. Many patients receive oxygen and intravenous (IV) fluids. Other types of treatment, such as respirators or kidney dialysis, may be necessary. Sometimes, surgery is needed to clear up an infection.

NIH: National Institute of General Medical Sciences


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