Valid for Submission
W69.XXXS is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of accidental drowning and submersion while in natural water, sequela. The code W69.XXXS is valid during the fiscal year 2022 from October 01, 2021 through September 30, 2022 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.
The ICD-10-CM code W69.XXXS might also be used to specify conditions or terms like accidental drowning and submersion while engaged in sport or recreational activity with diving equipment, accidental drowning or immersion while fishing from shore, bank or fixed structure, accidental drowning or near drowning while scuba diving, accidental drowning or near drowning while skin diving, drowning , drowning, etc. The code is exempt from present on admission (POA) reporting for inpatient admissions to general acute care hospitals.
W69.XXXS is a sequela code, includes a 7th character and should be used for complications that arise as a direct result of a condition like accidental drowning and submersion while in natural water. According to ICD-10-CM Guidelines a "sequela" code should be used for chronic or residual conditions that are complications of an initial acute disease, illness or injury. The most common sequela is pain. Usually, two diagnosis codes are needed when reporting sequela. The first code describes the nature of the sequela while the second code describes the sequela or late effect.
The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:
- Accidental drowning and submersion while engaged in sport or recreational activity with diving equipment
- Accidental drowning or immersion while fishing from shore, bank or fixed structure
- Accidental drowning or near drowning while scuba diving
- Accidental drowning or near drowning while skin diving
- Drowning in brackish water
- Drowning in fresh water
- Drowning in salt water
Present on Admission (POA)
Convert W69.XXXS to ICD-9 Code
The General Equivalency Mapping (GEM) crosswalk indicates an approximate mapping between the ICD-10 code W69.XXXS its ICD-9 equivalent. The approximate mapping means there is not an exact match between the ICD-10 code and the ICD-9 code and the mapped code is not a precise representation of the original code.
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
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