ICD-10 Diagnosis Code W17.81

Fall down embankment (hill)

Diagnosis Code W17.81

ICD-10: W17.81
Short Description: Fall down embankment (hill)
Long Description: Fall down embankment (hill)
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code W17.81

Not Valid for Submission
The code W17.81 is a "header" and not valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • External causes of morbidity and mortality (V01–Y98)
    • Slipping, tripping, stumbling and falls (W00-W19)
      • Other fall from one level to another (W17)

Information for Medical Professionals

Index of External Cause of Injuries
References found for the code W17.81 in the External Cause of Injuries Index:

    • Fall, falling(accidental)
      • down
        • embankment
    • Fall, falling(accidental)
      • down
        • hill
    • Fall, falling(accidental)
      • from, off, out of
        • embankment
    • Fall, falling(accidental)
      • over
        • embankment

Information for Patients


A fall can change your life. If you're elderly, it can lead to disability and a loss of independence. If your bones are fragile from osteoporosis, you could break a bone, often a hip. But aging alone doesn't make people fall. Diabetes and heart disease affect balance. So do problems with circulation, thyroid or nervous systems. Some medicines make people dizzy. Eye problems or alcohol can be factors. Any of these things can make a fall more likely. Babies and young children are also at risk of falling - off of furniture and down stairs, for example.

Falls and accidents seldom "just happen." Taking care of your health by exercising and getting regular eye exams and physicals may help reduce your chance of falling. Getting rid of tripping hazards in your home and wearing nonskid shoes may also help. To reduce the chances of breaking a bone if you do fall, make sure that you get enough calcium and vitamin D.

NIH: National Institute on Aging

  • After a fall in the hospital (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Bathroom safety - adults (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Exercises to help prevent falls (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Preventing falls (Medical Encyclopedia)

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