ICD-10-CM Code S40.8

Other superficial injuries of upper arm

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

S40.8 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other superficial injuries of upper arm. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:S40.8
Short Description:Other superficial injuries of upper arm
Long Description:Other superficial injuries of upper arm

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

  • S40.81 - Abrasion of upper arm
  • S40.811 - Abrasion of right upper arm
  • S40.811A - Abrasion of right upper arm, initial encounter
  • S40.811D - Abrasion of right upper arm, subsequent encounter
  • S40.811S - Abrasion of right upper arm, sequela
  • S40.812 - Abrasion of left upper arm
  • S40.812A - Abrasion of left upper arm, initial encounter
  • S40.812D - Abrasion of left upper arm, subsequent encounter
  • S40.812S - Abrasion of left upper arm, sequela
  • S40.819 - Abrasion of unspecified upper arm
  • S40.819A - Abrasion of unspecified upper arm, initial encounter
  • S40.819D - Abrasion of unspecified upper arm, subsequent encounter
  • S40.819S - Abrasion of unspecified upper arm, sequela
  • S40.82 - Blister (nonthermal) of upper arm
  • S40.821 - Blister (nonthermal) of right upper arm
  • S40.821A - Blister (nonthermal) of right upper arm, initial encounter
  • S40.821D - Blister (nonthermal) of right upper arm, subsequent encounter
  • S40.821S - Blister (nonthermal) of right upper arm, sequela
  • S40.822 - Blister (nonthermal) of left upper arm
  • S40.822A - Blister (nonthermal) of left upper arm, initial encounter
  • S40.822D - Blister (nonthermal) of left upper arm, subsequent encounter
  • S40.822S - Blister (nonthermal) of left upper arm, sequela
  • S40.829 - Blister (nonthermal) of unspecified upper arm
  • S40.829A - Blister (nonthermal) of unspecified upper arm, initial encounter
  • S40.829D - Blister (nonthermal) of unspecified upper arm, subsequent encounter
  • S40.829S - Blister (nonthermal) of unspecified upper arm, sequela
  • S40.84 - External constriction of upper arm
  • S40.841 - External constriction of right upper arm
  • S40.841A - External constriction of right upper arm, initial encounter
  • S40.841D - External constriction of right upper arm, subsequent encounter
  • S40.841S - External constriction of right upper arm, sequela
  • S40.842 - External constriction of left upper arm
  • S40.842A - External constriction of left upper arm, initial encounter
  • S40.842D - External constriction of left upper arm, subsequent encounter
  • S40.842S - External constriction of left upper arm, sequela
  • S40.849 - External constriction of unspecified upper arm
  • S40.849A - External constriction of unspecified upper arm, initial encounter
  • S40.849D - External constriction of unspecified upper arm, subsequent encounter
  • S40.849S - External constriction of unspecified upper arm, sequela
  • S40.85 - Superficial foreign body of upper arm
  • S40.851 - Superficial foreign body of right upper arm
  • S40.851A - Superficial foreign body of right upper arm, initial encounter
  • S40.851D - Superficial foreign body of right upper arm, subsequent encounter
  • S40.851S - Superficial foreign body of right upper arm, sequela
  • S40.852 - Superficial foreign body of left upper arm
  • S40.852A - Superficial foreign body of left upper arm, initial encounter
  • S40.852D - Superficial foreign body of left upper arm, subsequent encounter
  • S40.852S - Superficial foreign body of left upper arm, sequela
  • S40.859 - Superficial foreign body of unspecified upper arm
  • S40.859A - Superficial foreign body of unspecified upper arm, initial encounter
  • S40.859D - Superficial foreign body of unspecified upper arm, subsequent encounter
  • S40.859S - Superficial foreign body of unspecified upper arm, sequela
  • S40.86 - Insect bite (nonvenomous) of upper arm
  • S40.861 - Insect bite (nonvenomous) of right upper arm
  • S40.861A - Insect bite (nonvenomous) of right upper arm, initial encounter
  • S40.861D - Insect bite (nonvenomous) of right upper arm, subsequent encounter
  • S40.861S - Insect bite (nonvenomous) of right upper arm, sequela
  • S40.862 - Insect bite (nonvenomous) of left upper arm
  • S40.862A - Insect bite (nonvenomous) of left upper arm, initial encounter
  • S40.862D - Insect bite (nonvenomous) of left upper arm, subsequent encounter
  • S40.862S - Insect bite (nonvenomous) of left upper arm, sequela
  • S40.869 - Insect bite (nonvenomous) of unspecified upper arm
  • S40.869A - Insect bite (nonvenomous) of unspecified upper arm, initial encounter
  • S40.869D - Insect bite (nonvenomous) of unspecified upper arm, subsequent encounter
  • S40.869S - Insect bite (nonvenomous) of unspecified upper arm, sequela
  • S40.87 - Other superficial bite of upper arm
  • S40.871 - Other superficial bite of right upper arm
  • S40.871A - Other superficial bite of right upper arm, initial encounter
  • S40.871D - Other superficial bite of right upper arm, subsequent encounter
  • S40.871S - Other superficial bite of right upper arm, sequela
  • S40.872 - Other superficial bite of left upper arm
  • S40.872A - Other superficial bite of left upper arm, initial encounter
  • S40.872D - Other superficial bite of left upper arm, subsequent encounter
  • S40.872S - Other superficial bite of left upper arm, sequela
  • S40.879 - Other superficial bite of unspecified upper arm
  • S40.879A - Other superficial bite of unspecified upper arm, initial encounter
  • S40.879D - Other superficial bite of unspecified upper arm, subsequent encounter
  • S40.879S - Other superficial bite of unspecified upper arm, sequela

Code Classification

  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00–T98)
    • Injuries to the shoulder and upper arm (S40-S49)
      • Superficial injury of shoulder and upper arm (S40)

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


Bruises

A bruise is a mark on your skin caused by blood trapped under the surface. It happens when an injury crushes small blood vessels but does not break the skin. Those vessels break open and leak blood under the skin.

Bruises are often painful and swollen. You can get skin, muscle and bone bruises. Bone bruises are the most serious.

It can take months for a bruise to fade, but most last about two weeks. They start off a reddish color, and then turn bluish-purple and greenish-yellow before returning to normal. To reduce bruising, ice the injured area and elevate it above your heart. See your health care provider if you seem to bruise for no reason, or if the bruise appears to be infected.


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Wounds and Injuries

An injury is damage to your body. It is a general term that refers to harm caused by accidents, falls, hits, weapons, and more. In the U.S., millions of people injure themselves every year. These injuries range from minor to life-threatening. Injuries can happen at work or play, indoors or outdoors, driving a car, or walking across the street.

Wounds are injuries that break the skin or other body tissues. They include cuts, scrapes, scratches, and punctured skin. They often happen because of an accident, but surgery, sutures, and stitches also cause wounds. Minor wounds usually aren't serious, but it is important to clean them. Serious and infected wounds may require first aid followed by a visit to your doctor. You should also seek attention if the wound is deep, you cannot close it yourself, you cannot stop the bleeding or get the dirt out, or it does not heal.

Other common types of injuries include

  • Animal bites
  • Bruises
  • Burns
  • Dislocations
  • Electrical injuries
  • Fractures
  • Sprains and strains

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