ICD-10 Diagnosis Code W16.311

Fall into oth water striking water surface causing drown

Diagnosis Code W16.311

ICD-10: W16.311
Short Description: Fall into oth water striking water surface causing drown
Long Description: Fall into other water striking water surface causing drowning and submersion
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code W16.311

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The code W16.311 is a "header" and not valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

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

Information for Medical Professionals

Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code W16.311 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

Index of External Cause of Injuries
References found for the code W16.311 in the External Cause of Injuries Index:

    • Drowning(accidental)
      • following
        • fall
          • into
            • water NOS
              • specified NEC
    • Drowning(accidental)
      • in
        • specified place NEC
          • following
            • fall
    • Fall, falling(accidental)
      • into
        • water
          • in
            • specified water NEC
              • causing drowning

Information for Patients


People drown when they get too much water in their lungs. You can drown in as little as an inch or two of water. Babies can drown in a sink or bathtub. Preschoolers are most likely to drown in a swimming pool. People who have seizure disorders are also at risk in the water. Drowning can happen quickly and silently.

Drowning precautions should include

  • Fences around pools
  • Supervising children near any body of water, including tubs
  • Not swimming or boating when under the influence of alcohol or sedatives
  • Wearing life jackets when boating
  • Learning CPR

  • Near drowning (Medical Encyclopedia)

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A fall can change your life. If you're elderly, it can lead to disability and a loss of independence. If your bones are fragile from osteoporosis, you could break a bone, often a hip. But aging alone doesn't make people fall. Diabetes and heart disease affect balance. So do problems with circulation, thyroid or nervous systems. Some medicines make people dizzy. Eye problems or alcohol can be factors. Any of these things can make a fall more likely. Babies and young children are also at risk of falling - off of furniture and down stairs, for example.

Falls and accidents seldom "just happen." Taking care of your health by exercising and getting regular eye exams and physicals may help reduce your chance of falling. Getting rid of tripping hazards in your home and wearing nonskid shoes may also help. 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

  • After a fall in the hospital (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Bathroom safety - adults (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Exercises to help prevent falls (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Preventing falls (Medical Encyclopedia)

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