ICD-10-CM Code Y36.53

War operations involving thermal radiation effect of nuclear weapon

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

Y36.53 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of war operations involving thermal radiation effect of nuclear weapon. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:Y36.53
Short Description:War op involving thermal radn effect of nuclear weapon
Long Description:War operations involving thermal radiation effect of nuclear weapon

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

  • Y36.530 - ... military personnel
  • Y36.530A - ... military personnel, initial encounter
  • Y36.530D - ... military personnel, subsequent encounter
  • Y36.530S - ... military personnel, sequela
  • Y36.531 - ... civilian
  • Y36.531A - ... civilian, initial encounter
  • Y36.531D - ... civilian, subsequent encounter
  • Y36.531S - ... civilian, 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 Y36.53:

Inclusion Terms

Inclusion Terms
These terms are the conditions for which that code is to be used. The terms may be synonyms of the code title, or, in the case of "other specified" codes, the terms are a list of the various conditions assigned to that code. The inclusion terms are not necessarily exhaustive. Additional terms found only in the Alphabetic Index may also be assigned to a code.
  • War operations involving direct heat from nuclear weapon
  • War operation involving fireball effects from nuclear weapon

Index of External Cause of Injuries

References found for the code Y36.53 in the External Cause of Injuries Index:

    • War operations(injuries to military personnel and civilians during war, civil insurrection and peacekeeping missions) (by) (from) (involving)
      • nuclear weapon (effects of)
        • direct heat
    • War operations(injuries to military personnel and civilians during war, civil insurrection and peacekeeping missions) (by) (from) (involving)
      • nuclear weapon (effects of)
        • fireball
    • War operations(injuries to military personnel and civilians during war, civil insurrection and peacekeeping missions) (by) (from) (involving)
      • nuclear weapon (effects of)
        • radiation
          • thermal
    • War operations(injuries to military personnel and civilians during war, civil insurrection and peacekeeping missions) (by) (from) (involving)
      • nuclear weapon (effects of)
        • thermal radiation
    • War operations(injuries to military personnel and civilians during war, civil insurrection and peacekeeping missions) (by) (from) (involving)
      • weapons
        • nuclear (effects of )
          • direct heat
    • War operations(injuries to military personnel and civilians during war, civil insurrection and peacekeeping missions) (by) (from) (involving)
      • weapons
        • nuclear (effects of )
          • fireball
    • War operations(injuries to military personnel and civilians during war, civil insurrection and peacekeeping missions) (by) (from) (involving)
      • weapons
        • nuclear (effects of )
          • radiation
            • thermal

Code Classification

  • External causes of morbidity and mortality (V01–Y98)
    • Legal intervention, operations of war, military operations, and terrorism (Y35-Y38)
      • Operations of war (Y36)

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


Radiation Emergencies

Radiation is a type of energy. People are exposed to small amounts of radiation every day from sources such as sunlight. A radiation emergency would involve larger amounts of radiation and could be caused by

  • Dirty bombs - a mix of explosives with radioactive powder
  • Fallout from a nuclear bomb
  • Accidental release from a nuclear reactor or a nuclear weapons plant

A lot of radiation over a short period can cause burns or radiation sickness. If the exposure is large enough, it can cause premature aging or even death.

Although there are no guarantees of safety during a radiation emergency, you can take actions to protect yourself. You should have a disaster plan. Being prepared can help reduce fear, anxiety and losses. If you do experience a disaster, it is normal to feel stressed. You may need help in finding ways to cope.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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