ICD-10 Diagnosis Code V90.18

Drowning and submersion due to unpowr wtrcrft sinking

Diagnosis Code V90.18

ICD-10: V90.18
Short Description: Drowning and submersion due to unpowr wtrcrft sinking
Long Description: Drowning and submersion due to other unpowered watercraft sinking
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code V90.18

Not Valid for Submission
The code V90.18 is a "header" and not valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • External causes of morbidity and mortality (V01–Y98)
    • Transport accidents (V00-V99)
      • Drowning and submersion due to accident to watercraft (V90)

Information for Medical Professionals

Index of External Cause of Injuries
References found for the code V90.18 in the External Cause of Injuries Index:

    • Drowning(accidental)
      • due to
        • accident (to)
          • watercraft
            • sinking
              • unpowered

Information for Patients


People drown when they get too much water in their lungs. You can drown in as little as an inch or two of water. Babies can drown in a sink or bathtub. Preschoolers are most likely to drown in a swimming pool. People who have seizure disorders are also at risk in the water. Drowning can happen quickly and silently.

Drowning precautions should include

  • Fences around pools
  • Supervising children near any body of water, including tubs
  • Not swimming or boating when under the influence of alcohol or sedatives
  • Wearing life jackets when boating
  • Learning CPR

  • Near drowning (Medical Encyclopedia)

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