2022 ICD-10-CM Code A41.5

Sepsis due to other Gram-negative organisms

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

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

Code Classification

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

A41.5 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis 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 specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 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.

Specific Coding for Sepsis due to other Gram-negative organisms

Non-specific codes like A41.5 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 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

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:

Information for Patients


Sepsis

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:

NIH: National Institute of General Medical SciencesCenters for Disease Control and Prevention


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Code History

  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)