2022 ICD-10-CM Code T79.0

Air embolism (traumatic)

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:T79.0
Short Description:Air embolism (traumatic)
Long Description:Air embolism (traumatic)

Code Classification

  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00–T98)
    • Certain early complications of trauma (T79)
      • Certain early complications of trauma, NEC (T79)

T79.0 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of air embolism (traumatic). 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.

Coding Guidelines

The appropriate 7th character is to be added to each code from block Certain early complications of trauma, NEC (T79). Use the following options for the aplicable episode of care:

Specific Coding for Air embolism (traumatic)

Non-specific codes like T79.0 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 air embolism (traumatic):

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use T79.0XXA for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use T79.0XXD for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use T79.0XXS for sequela

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 T79.0:


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.

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 T79.0 are found in the index:

Clinical Information

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)