ICD-10-CM Code W16.111

Fall into natural body of water striking water surface causing drowning and submersion

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

W16.111 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of fall into natural body of water striking water surface causing drowning and submersion. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:W16.111
Short Description:Fall into natural body of water striking surfc causing drown
Long Description:Fall into natural body of water striking water surface causing drowning and submersion

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

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 guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code W16.111:

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.
  • drowning and submersion while in natural body of water without fall W69

Index of External Cause of Injuries

References found for the code W16.111 in the External Cause of Injuries Index:

    • Drowning(accidental)
      • following
        • fall
          • into
            • water NOS
              • natural (lake) (open sea) (river) (stream) (pond)
    • Drowning(accidental)
      • in
        • natural water (lake) (open sea) (river) (stream) (pond)
          • following
            • fall
    • Fall, falling(accidental)
      • into
        • water
          • in
            • natural body of water
              • causing drowning

Code Classification

  • External causes of morbidity and mortality (V01–Y98)
    • Slipping, tripping, stumbling and falls (W00-W19)
      • Fall, jump or diving into water (W16)

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


Falls

Falls can be dangerous at any age. Babies and young children can get hurt falling off furniture or down the stairs. Older children may fall off playground equipment. For older adults, falls can be especially serious. They are at higher risk of falling. They are also more likely to break a bone when they fall, especially if they have osteoporosis. A broken bone, especially when it is a hip, may even lead to disability and a loss of independence for older adults.

Some common causes of falls include

  • Balance problems
  • Some medicines, which can make you feel dizzy, confused, or slow
  • Vision problems
  • Alcohol, which can affect your balance and reflexes
  • Muscle weakness, especially in your legs, which can make it harder for you to get up from a chair or keep your balance when walking on an uneven surface.
  • Certain illnesses, such as low blood pressure, diabetes, and neuropathy
  • Slow reflexes, which make it hard to keep your balance or move out of the way of a hazard
  • Tripping or slipping due to loss of footing or traction

At any age, people can make changes to lower their risk of falling. It important to take care of your health, including getting regular eye exams. Regular exercise may lower your risk of falls by strengthening your muscles, improving your balance, and keeping your bones strong. And you can look for ways to make your house safer. For example, you can get rid of tripping hazards and make sure that you have rails on the stairs and in the bath. To reduce the chances of breaking a bone if you do fall, make sure that you get enough calcium and vitamin D.

NIH: National Institute on Aging


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