2021 ICD-10-CM Code S51

Open wound of elbow and forearm

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

S51 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of open wound of elbow and forearm. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2021 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.

ICD-10:S51
Short Description:Open wound of elbow and forearm
Long Description:Open wound of elbow and forearm

Code Classification

Coding Guidelines

The appropriate 7th character is to be added to each code from block Open wound of elbow and forearm (S51). Use the following options for the aplicable episode of care:

Specific Coding for Open wound of elbow and forearm

Non-specific codes like S51 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 open wound of elbow and forearm:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.0 for Open wound of elbow
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.00 for Unspecified open wound of elbow
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.01 for Laceration without foreign body of elbow
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.02 for Laceration with foreign body of elbow
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.03 for Puncture wound without foreign body of elbow
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.04 for Puncture wound with foreign body of elbow
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.05 for Open bite of elbow
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.8 for Open wound of forearm
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.80 for Unspecified open wound of forearm
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.81 for Laceration without foreign body of forearm
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.82 for Laceration with foreign body of forearm
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.83 for Puncture wound without foreign body of forearm
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.84 for Puncture wound with foreign body of forearm
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S51.85 for Open bite of forearm

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 the code S51:


Code Also

Code Also
A "code also" note instructs that two codes may be required to fully describe a condition, but this note does not provide sequencing direction.

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.

7th Character Note

7th Character Note
Certain ICD-10-CM categories have applicable 7th characters. The applicable 7th character is required for all codes within the category, or as the notes in the Tabular List instruct. The 7th character must always be the 7th character in the data field. If a code that requires a 7th character is not 6 characters, a placeholder X must be used to fill in the empty characters.

7th Character

7th Character
Indicates that a seventh character is to be assigned to codes in a subcategory.

Information for Patients


Wounds and Injuries

Also called: Traumatic 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


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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)