ICD-10 Diagnosis Code W46

Contact with hypodermic needle

Diagnosis Code W46

ICD-10: W46
Short Description: Contact with hypodermic needle
Long Description: Contact with hypodermic needle
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code W46

Not Valid for Submission
The code W46 is a "header" and not valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • External causes of morbidity and mortality (V01–Y98)
    • Exposure to inanimate mechanical forces (W20-W49)
      • Contact with hypodermic needle (W46)

Information for Patients

Occupational Health for Health Care Providers

Health care workers are exposed to many job hazards. These can include

  • Infections
  • Needle injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Allergy-causing substances
  • Violence
  • Stress

Follow good job safety and injury prevention practices. They can reduce your risk of health problems. Use protective equipment, follow infection control guidelines, learn the right way to lift heavy objects, and find ways to manage stress.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

  • Personal protective equipment (Medical Encyclopedia)

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