ICD-10-CM Code W93

Exposure to excessive cold of man-made origin

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

W93 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of exposure to excessive cold of man-made origin. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:W93
Short Description:Exposure to excessive cold of man-made origin
Long Description:Exposure to excessive cold of man-made origin

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

  • W93.0 - Contact with or inhalation of dry ice
  • W93.01 - Contact with dry ice
  • W93.01XA - Contact with dry ice, initial encounter
  • W93.01XD - Contact with dry ice, subsequent encounter
  • W93.01XS - Contact with dry ice, sequela
  • W93.02 - Inhalation of dry ice
  • W93.02XA - Inhalation of dry ice, initial encounter
  • W93.02XD - Inhalation of dry ice, subsequent encounter
  • W93.02XS - Inhalation of dry ice, sequela
  • W93.1 - Contact with or inhalation of liquid air
  • W93.11 - Contact with liquid air
  • W93.11XA - Contact with liquid air, initial encounter
  • W93.11XD - Contact with liquid air, subsequent encounter
  • W93.11XS - Contact with liquid air, sequela
  • W93.12 - Inhalation of liquid air
  • W93.12XA - Inhalation of liquid air, initial encounter
  • W93.12XD - Inhalation of liquid air, subsequent encounter
  • W93.12XS - Inhalation of liquid air, sequela
  • W93.2 - Prolonged exposure in deep freeze unit or refrigerator
  • W93.2XXA - Prolonged exposure in deep freeze unit or refrigerator, initial encounter
  • W93.2XXD - Prolonged exposure in deep freeze unit or refrigerator, subsequent encounter
  • W93.2XXS - Prolonged exposure in deep freeze unit or refrigerator, sequela
  • W93.8 - Exposure to other excessive cold of man-made origin
  • W93.8XXA - Exposure to other excessive cold of man-made origin, initial encounter
  • W93.8XXD - Exposure to other excessive cold of man-made origin, subsequent encounter
  • W93.8XXS - Exposure to other excessive cold of man-made origin, 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 guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code W93:

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.
  • The appropriate 7th character is to be added to each code from category W93

7th Character

7th Character
Indicates that a seventh character is to be assigned to codes in a subcategory.
  • A - initial encounter
  • D - subsequent encounter
  • S - sequela

Code Classification

  • External causes of morbidity and mortality (V01–Y98)
    • Exposure to electric current, radiation and extreme ambient air temperature and pressure (W85-W99)
      • Exposure to excessive cold of man-made origin (W93)

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


Hypothermia

Cold weather can affect your body in different ways. You can get frostbite, which is an injury to the body that is caused by freezing. Your body can also lose heat faster than you can produce it. That can cause hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature. It can make you sleepy, confused, and clumsy. Because it happens gradually and affects your thinking, you may not realize you need help. That makes it especially dangerous. A body temperature below 95° F is a medical emergency and can lead to death if not treated promptly.

Anyone who spends much time outdoors in cold weather can get hypothermia. You can also get it from being cold and wet, or under cold water for too long. Babies and old people are especially at risk. Babies can get it from sleeping in a cold room.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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