ICD-10-CM Code W93.2

Prolonged exposure in deep freeze unit or refrigerator

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

W93.2 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of prolonged exposure in deep freeze unit or refrigerator. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:W93.2
Short Description:Prolonged exposure in deep freeze unit or refrigerator
Long Description:Prolonged exposure in deep freeze unit or refrigerator

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

Index of External Cause of Injuries

References found for the code W93.2 in the External Cause of Injuries Index:

    • Exposure(to)
      • cold (accidental) (excessive) (extreme) (natural) (place)
        • due to
          • man-made conditions
            • refrigeration unit (deep freeze)
    • Exposure(to)
      • prolonged in deep-freeze unit or refrigerator

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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