ICD-10-CM Code Y38.5X1

Terrorism involving nuclear weapons, public safety official injured

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

Y38.5X1 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, public safety official injured. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:Y38.5X1
Short Description:Terrorism involving nuclear weapons, publ sfty offcl injured
Long Description:Terrorism involving nuclear weapons, public safety official injured

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

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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