ICD-10-CM Code Y38.5

Terrorism involving nuclear weapons

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

Y38.5 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of terrorism involving nuclear weapons. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:Y38.5
Short Description:Terrorism involving nuclear weapons
Long Description:Terrorism involving nuclear weapons

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

  • Y38.5X - Terrorism involving nuclear weapons
  • Y38.5X1 - ... public safety official injured
  • Y38.5X1A - ... public safety official injured, initial encounter
  • Y38.5X1D - ... public safety official injured, subsequent encounter
  • Y38.5X1S - ... public safety official injured, sequela
  • Y38.5X2 - ... civilian injured
  • Y38.5X2A - ... civilian injured, initial encounter
  • Y38.5X2D - ... civilian injured, subsequent encounter
  • Y38.5X2S - ... civilian injured, sequela
  • Y38.5X3 - ... terrorist injured
  • Y38.5X3A - ... terrorist injured, initial encounter
  • Y38.5X3D - ... terrorist injured, subsequent encounter
  • Y38.5X3S - ... terrorist injured, 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 Y38.5:

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.
  • Terrorism involving blast effects of nuclear weapon
  • Terrorism involving exposure to ionizing radiation from nuclear weapon
  • Terrorism involving fireball effect of nuclear weapon
  • Terrorism involving heat from nuclear weapon

Code Classification

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

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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