ICD-10 Diagnosis Code W93.2

Prolonged exposure in deep freeze unit or refrigerator

Diagnosis Code W93.2

ICD-10: W93.2
Short Description: Prolonged exposure in deep freeze unit or refrigerator
Long Description: Prolonged exposure in deep freeze unit or refrigerator
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code W93.2

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The code W93.2 is a "header" and not valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • External causes of morbidity and mortality (V01–Y98)
    • Exposure to electric current, radiation and extreme ambient air temperature and pressure (W85-W99)
      • Exposure to excessive cold of man-made origin (W93)

Information for Medical Professionals

Index of External Cause of Injuries
References found for the code W93.2 in the External Cause of Injuries Index:

    • Exposure(to)
      • cold (accidental) (excessive) (extreme) (natural) (place)
        • due to
          • man-made conditions
            • refrigeration unit (deep freeze)
    • Exposure(to)
      • prolonged in deep-freeze unit or refrigerator

Information for Patients


Also called: Cold-related illness

Cold weather can affect your body in different ways. You can get frostbite, which is an injury to the body that is caused by freezing. Your body can also lose heat faster than you can produce it. That can cause hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature. It can make you sleepy, confused, and clumsy. Because it happens gradually and affects your thinking, you may not realize you need help. That makes it especially dangerous. A body temperature below 95° F is a medical emergency and can lead to death if not treated promptly.

Anyone who spends much time outdoors in cold weather can get hypothermia. You can also get it from being cold and wet, or under cold water for too long. Babies and old people are especially at risk. Babies can get it from sleeping in a cold room.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • How to prevent frostbite and hypothermia (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Hypothermia (Medical Encyclopedia)

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